Pastoral Care

Highest Level of Pastoral Care

We aim to provide the highest level of pastoral care for our pupils. Care is principally provided by the form teacher and the form teaching assistant. They are the main people of reference for the children. Our site is secure, and we ensure that children are always seen and overseen in the classroom and on the playing field.

The house system forms an additional layer of pastoral care and many facets of school life are based upon the houses, including the reward and sanctions system (credit and debit points) and various in-house sporting competitions. Children in Reception to Form 6 are placed in one of four houses: Clarke (yellow), Fytton (blue), Newton (green) or Pownall (red).

The Head of House oversees the weekly house meeting, with some responsibility for the running of the meeting being given to the Form 6 House Captain and Prefects. During house meetings:

  • the children have opportunity to socialize with the house members from other year groups,
  • credits and debits for the week are totalled,
  • merit badges are collected in,
  • stickers are given out for good behaviour and hard work during the week,
  • any pastoral issues are addressed.

Golden Rules

Every child knows and is encouraged to behave according to our “Golden Rules”, which are posted in every classroom. They are;

  • Do be gentle
  • Do not hurt anybody
  • Do be kind and helpful
  • Do not hurt other people’s feelings
  • Do work hard
  • Do not waste your time or other people’s time
  • Do look after property
  • Do not waste or damage things
  • Do listen to people
  • Do not interrupt
  • Do be honest
  • Do not cover up the truth

There is a School Council, designed to encourage pupils to feel part of the school community, to take responsibility for their own actions and to take an interest in being part of a caring, happy school. The School Council meets fortnightly. There are two elected representatives for each year group from Form 1 upwards. The views and opinions of the School Council are greatly valued; matters arising from School Council meetings are passed on to the Leadership Team for consideration.We also operate a school buddy system, which is very popular with younger and older pupils alike. Overseen by staff and the Year 6 Prefects, children in Key Stage 2 visit the Early Years/Key Stage 1 playground once a week to forge links and play with the younger pupils. The benefits work both ways and help reinforce lessons in social responsibility, and, of course, the Golden Rules.