Pastoral care is an essential part of our school ethos. Every staff member has an active role to play in our pupils’ wellbeing.
A safe, happy place to learn and grow
We are committed to providing a happy and secure environment where children and staff work together in an atmosphere of trust and respect. It is only in this type of environment that we feel children can truly thrive and achieve their best, whilst also learning to be tolerant, courteous and caring to others.
Our highly experienced form teachers have day-to-day responsibility for overseeing all pupils’ academic and pastoral care. They are the first port of call for any child who has a problem or a question about school life. Form teachers take particular interest in the work and activities of the children both inside the classroom and away from school.
The Deputy Head has overall responsibility for pupil wellbeing and supports our form teachers in their pastoral care roles. In addition, our wellbeing lead and two Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) provide a meaningful and forward-thinking programme to support all pupils.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic education
Children learn the ways of good citizenship through our PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) programme that runs throughout the school and during our regular assemblies.
High standards of appearance and presentation
We expect senior pupils to take pride in their appearance and demonstrate high standards of manners, courtesy and general conduct as they represent our school. A detailed list of uniform requirements can be found here.
Our Heads of School are also always on hand to provide support for pupils should the need arise.
Recognising outstanding achievement
We have four school Houses: Austen, Calthorpe, Nightingale and Brunel. From Year 3 onwards, each pupil is assigned to a House.
The House system encourages pupils to develop a sense of team work, build new friendships and help each other. Kindness and helping others, both within school and in the wider community, is an integral feature of school life.
House points are awarded to recognise academic and sporting achievements, contributions to school life and for showing kindness, empathy and respect to others.