The pastoral team plays a very important role in the smooth day-to-day running of the school. It aims to meet the needs of all age groups and includes the Head of Pastoral Care, Key-Stage Co-ordinators as well as the School Counsellor. The team works with staff to foster a friendly environment in which all pupils are taught to be responsible for their actions, to think for themselves, to respect the needs of others and to develop and maintain appropriate forms of behaviour. We also strive to promote our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, so that they become well-rounded and confident young people.
It is of utmost importance to ensure that there is a close partnership between school, pupils, parents and carers. We work hard to develop good relationships with all stakeholders in order to build and maintain a positive ethos where every child feels valued as an individual, respected and cared for at all times.
Our aims are to:
- Create and sustain a caring, positive environment which stimulates learning
- Help all pupils to realise their maximum learning potential and to celebrate their achievements
- Encourage pupils’ self-esteem, respect for others and the world in which we live
However, we are well aware that our pupils also have expectations of us, both as teachers and as Form Tutors, some of which are:
- Consistency in approach to all pupils, both inside and outside the classroom
- An understanding and caring response with regards to difficult situations, whether these are at home or at school
All our teachers endeavour to meet these expectations at all times. As a school, we encourage parents to contact us if they have any concerns.
In cases of sensitive issues, we are always ready to work with parents in the following ways:
- Informal meeting in the first instance
- Exchange of necessary information in a formal meeting in absolute confidentiality with a member of the Management Team
- Discussion of ways to overcome problems
- Help with arranging appointments and attending meetings with Educational Psychologists and other specialists
Supervision officially begins 10 minutes before the start of the school day and finishes 10 minutes after its end. When students attend extra-curricular activities, this is extended accordingly. Pupils are not allowed to remain in unsupervised areas of the school premises, unless they have been given permission by a member of staff.