Effective pastoral care underpins school life and there is always someone to whom the students can turn for help and advice. Every adult has a responsibility for students’ welfare and security and there are many layers of care in place.
Our pastoral care system has a horizontal structure based on year groups which sees year co-ordinators working closely with their form tutor team to ensure that we get to know every student. Students are individually valued and well-supported.
Students see their form tutors every day in the morning and afternoon. Tutors have immediate access to information about students’ achievements and any incidents during the day through the school computer system. Sixth Form students have a personal tutorial appointment with their tutor once per fortnight. Form tutors should be the first point of contact for parents who have concerns about academic progress or effort.
Year co-ordinators have overall responsibility for the efficiency and effectiveness of their form tutor teams, an overview of student progress and the general welfare and behaviour of students within the year group. They should be the point of contact for parents who have more serious concerns about a student’s overall conduct, effort or academic progress.
Our pastoral care system aims to promote responsible behaviour and respect for ourselves and each other. We are committed to a positive approach and, whenever possible, praise and rewards are used to motivate and encourage the students. There is a clear code of conduct which students are expected to follow at all times and this is underpinned by appropriate sanctions, as set out in the school’s discipline policy.
Our vertical pastoral structure is represented by our house system, a powerful and effective way for students to feel part of the school. Each student is a member of one of five houses: Churchill, Morris, Attlee, Hilton and Pankhurst; depending on which tutor group they are in. This system helps them to develop relationships across all age groups throughout the school. The house system supports the extra-curricular programme and creates many opportunities for students to participate in school life as they take part in house competitions and events.
School Nurse and Counselling
The school nurse is available at specific times during the week to provide advice and guidance, as well as contributing to our Life Studies programme. A school counsellor is also available by appointment. Parents should contact year co-ordinators in the first instance.