Examples of when our pastoral care system might be required are if a student is experiencing challenges at home or in school, finding work too challenging or perhaps missing friends and family abroad. A teacher will identify these issues and record their concerns using a confidential and secure concerns log. Our concerns log allows the Pastoral Care Leader to see the frequency of different types of issues, identify issue triggers, affected students and track students who need assistance.
This real-time information is then used to implement restorative actions that mitigate future issues, find solutions to problems in which everyone involved can learn and grow from the experience or create management plans for ongoing issues. The main aim of restorative action is to create a positive sense of well-being for those affected while healing and developing relationships in the school community.
The Student Council also plays an increasingly important role in ensuring student concerns; ideas and issues are heard and resolved. We also implement Peer Mentors, where older and younger students are paired together, so that the younger students can benefit from the experience and knowledge of older students, while older students develop communication, leadership, empathy and moral reasoning skills.
In addition to pastoral care, we also ensure that our students’ physical health is properly cared for. We have an excellent on-site catering company which provides daily nutritious and healthy lunches. As well as PE lessons, the school day is structured so that students have enough free time to run around and play outside. Students are also encouraged to take part in physical activity during their enrichment lessons or after school clubs.