PASTORAL CARE & WELLBEING
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US THAT EACH PUPIL, WHATEVER THEIR AGE, FEELS HAPPY AND COMFORTABLE
Every adult in the school has a responsibility for the students’ welfare and security and there are many layers of care in place.
Class teachers and Teaching Assistants or Early Years Workers maintain close contact with pupils and their parents. Great emphasis is placed on encouraging the pupils to be friendly, polite and caring to everyone in the community, whether adults or children, and there is strong peer support amongst the pupils. They follow a simple behaviour code devised by themselves. We have a Welfare Officer, a Key Stage One Nurture, a SENCO and a Pastoral Support Lead, all of whom are able to provide support and to ensure each pupil understands their unique importance in the school community. The Headteacher overseas the pastoral care of all the pupils, working with the Senior Leadership Team and Achievement Leaders. New joiners to the school have a buddy assigned to them from within the class so they can quickly form new friendships.
A programme of PSHE (personal, social and health education lessons) covers important issues of self-development and allows pupils to reflect on their responsibilities to each other and the wider community. A House points system encourages kind and considerate behaviour.
All students are placed in one of five Houses, named after our core values. Houses offer them opportunities to work within vertical groups across all year groups. Their aim is to promote resilience and fun, team spirit and competitive edge, and to offer new opportunities for leadership within the House structure.