Ofsted May 2016:
"Pastoral leaders and the special educational needs coordinator are particularly effective in improving pupils’ outcomes. Their work supports the school’s vulnerable groups, targeting specific strategies to help pupils within and outside lessons. They know their charges well, which means that individual cases are supported with care.
Attendance continues to improve and the number of exclusions has fallen considerably. Leaders’ raised expectations for discipline have seen a marked improvement in attitudes to learning.
The school’s ethos and leaders’ focus on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development permeates lessons and social times. Activities and events such as visits from outside speakers, which focus on addressing issues such as homophobic bullying, create a sense of belonging that pupils told inspectors is part of what makes the school welcoming to all. Pupils display tolerance and respect for people from different backgrounds and they consider that the diversity within the school strengthens their community. In lessons and through clubs, pupils receive opportunities to develop the skills and understanding that prepares them well for life in modern Britain."
What is Pastoral Care?
Individuals are important – all problems are listened to and acted on be they of an academic, social, emotional or behavioural nature.
PSHCE & Kehilla - The ethos of the school, the day to day relationships between staff and pupils, the value system of a school, the opportunities for moral, spiritual, social and cultural development as well as the more formal PSHCE curriculum, which includes ‘lifeskills days’ run by outside agencies as well as the PSHCE work carried out by tutors or by subject specialists. We also have frequent ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions where community leaders provide lunch and study a religious or philosophical concept.
Pastoral Discipline - The discipline system in the school includes the giving of sanctions but is a much wider concept than that. Good, consistent, discipline which affirms the pupils' value is an essential ingredient of effective pastoral care. We particularly emphasise the wearing of correct school uniform including skirts that reach the knee, lanyards and kippot for boys. In addition to this we monitor lateness and attendance both of which can carry a detention penalty as can persistent lack of equipment in lessons or poor behaviour in class.
Our Pastoral Aims
To enable each pupil to fulfil their own potential both academically and socially.
To ensure that each pupil has access to personal and academic guidance and support where necessary. This would be through their form tutors and Head of Year as well as the Deputy Head for Pastoral Care.
To provide opportunities for and encourage pupils to exercise individual and social responsibility both inside and outside the school community.
To promote in pupils the ability to work individually and in teams and care about the whole school community.
To establish and maintain an appropriate relationship with every parent, so that together we can help to prepare the pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
To create a caring environment where pupils are valued for who they are, not just for what they can do.
Our Pastoral Systems – if you have an issue
1. In the first instance the child or parent should contact the form tutor to discuss the issue. All relevant issues will be passed to the Head of Year..
2. If the issue is more complex or not solved at the first stage then please contact the relevant Head of Year.
3. If the issue needs significant attention either contact the Assistant Head for Discipline and Behaviour or the Deputy Head for Pastoral Care.
4. Finally if the situation is not satisfactorily resolved please contact the Headteacher.
Our Pastoral Systems – the structure
5. All students are placed in a form group. In year 7 they will be in one of 6 forms G,K, M, P, Z and A. In year 7 they will spend a lot of time in their form group for various classes. In year 8 they are set in half year groups or groups which include all students in their year.
6. The Buddy System : we have a strong network of support provided by our students in Year 12 and 13 to students in Year 7 in particular but also in 8-11 if needed. These students will help with social issues and also study support if needed.
7. The buddies can also be asked to attend classes to help understanding if needed – particularly in the subjects that they study at A level.
8. Y12-13 Pastoral care is run primarily through the Director and Deputy Head of 6th form. The emphasis at this stage is on career guidance and university aspirations.