The school prides itself on excellent standards of pastoral care. The welfare of our children is paramount and this is reflected in our ISI inspection reports. Our staff are committed to guiding and supporting our pupils in the School’s values of participation, respect and ambition.
Each form teacher is responsible for the pastoral welfare of their pupils and the main point of contact for parents. They are there to greet pupils and parents at the start and end of each day, as a means of effective direct communication. Our form periods allow pupils to build positive relationships with pupils, and our small class sizes enable us to really know the children.
Using our online registers, we can track and monitor the behaviour of our pupils. The Headmaster has responsibility for pastoral matters, and reports to staff regularly on all matters. All pupils have contributed to our mutually agreed Code of Conduct and abide by them.
As well as form staff, pupils have a wider network of trusted adults that support them. These include the Headmaster, our chaplain, matrons and independent listeners. We use ‘Worry boxes’ for pupils to share any concerns they may have if they wish. The school has developed a pastoral curriculum that incorporates a range of topics and themes, with a particular emphasis on wellbeing. Our PSHCEe sessions are opportune times to reinforce key themes, such as rights, responsibilities and rules. Various speakers and external agencies visit the school and provide workshops covering a variety of topics from drug awareness, keeping safe and e-safety. We have organised talks by the NSPCC on important safeguarding matters, ‘Stay Safe, Speak out’, as well as arranging for all pupils to undertake First Aid Training.
Our Rewards and Sanctions policy reflects our positive approach, rewarding good behaviour. All pupils are given a House from Reception age, and collect ‘Golds’ as part of the House Competition. Certificates are awarded to individuals who collect 10, 25, and 50 Golds across the term. We award Headteacher certificates to pupils who have made particularly good progress in a specific area, demonstrated excellent citizenship, or demonstrated one of our ‘key values for life’ (see Spiritual Development). Our weekly achievers’ assembly is a time when we collectively celebrate success in and out of school together.