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Pastoral Care

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Your child’s wellbeing matters to us as much as it does to you.

Only if they are happy and confident will they make the most of the doors that are opened for them; successful education starts with a partnership between the school, pupils and parents.

Infant and Junior School

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Communication is key in ensuring a great partnership between you as a parent and us as a school.

Your child’s class or form teacher will know them best, and they will be your first point of contact either in person, by phone or by email. We will also keep in touch through reading records and your child’s homework diary.

In the Infant and Junior School your child will be welcomed into a house community to which they will belong until leaving the Senior School. Your son or daughter will form strong bonds with fellow housemates through the inter-house competitions, developing team spirit and a sense of belonging in equal measure.

Assemblies are held regularly throughout the week and are taken by a variety of staff including the Head and the Deputy Heads.

The highlight of our assembly programme is the weekly Achievement Assembly, which takes places in both the Infant and Junior School.

In the Infant School academic effort is rewarded with a ‘Star’ certificate and good behaviour or conduct with a ‘Squirrel’ certificate and the opportunity to take home ‘Nutty’ the School squirrel for the weekend.

In the Junior School we award a ‘Pupil of the Week’ certificate for outstanding academic effort or behaviour. Pupils are welcome to bring in medals, certificates and trophies awarded by outside clubs and groups so that we, as a school community, can celebrate their success.

Assembly formats vary, but often include a hymn from the Christian tradition followed by a talk. Very occasionally parents ask the Head to excuse their child from any Christian part of the proceedings.

We offer Early Bird and After School Care throughout the Infant and Junior School, allowing some pick-up time flexibility for parents.

The Infant School offers the Early Bird provision from 8.00am until 8.30am, when pupils are supervised in Reception class or on the playground. Junior pupils are welcome to the Junior School yard at 8.00am, where there is supervision. A choice of hot and cold breakfast is available in the Senior Dining hall from 7.45am. All staff, parents and pupils are welcome to use this facility, although it is not supervised for Infant and Junior pupils.

We also run an After School Club in both the Infant and Junior School for children whose parents are unable to collect them at the end of the normal day. Pupils are welcome to bring a ‘packed tea’ and they are also given a drink and a biscuit. Each session is planned and managed by the After School Club Manager and her Deputy. Pupils are supervised carefully and guided to participate in a variety of activities including; puzzles, crafts, sports and quizzes.

Parents are able to leave their children in the Infant After School Club until 4.15pm without charge and 4.30pm at Junior School. Infant After School Club finishes at 5.30pm and Junior After School club finishes at 6.00pm.

Senior School and Sixth Form

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At the heart of our pastoral care is our unique Tutor System, in which Tutors provide expert, individualised and bespoke support for your child, particularly focusing on helping them achieve their full academic potential.

Students meet in small groups with their Tutor as they progress through Years 7 to 10 or Years 11 to 13, catching up frequently each week to ensure they get continual, specialised individual attention tailored to their needs.

Your child will benefit from significant help that is relevant to the particular academic and pastoral challenges facing them at that stage of their school career from transition to a new school to aiming high with university applications. Your child’s Tutor is the person in School who knows your child best and, for parents, acts as the single-point of contact for all enquiries relating to your child.

In the Senior School, each Tutor Set is one of eighteen within one of the four Houses: Cooper’s, Maples’, Mellers’; and White’s. A child’s House is an important focus at School, and provides them with a framework for meeting and working with other pupils of all ages in sporting and cultural competitions and other important activities such as charity fundraising. The House system encourages continuity of team spirit, friendship and appreciation of others.

The journey that your child takes through their education at the High School is unique and, with the tailored help and encouragement that their Tutor will provide, they will grab all of the fantastic opportunities available to them to maximise their success with us.

Assemblies are an important element of our pastoral care and the messages we deliver usually focus on the human aspect of our world, as well as on life skills that help our community live happily together.

As a School we are proud of our multicultural and diverse background and welcome children of all faiths to our School. We feel that, by living and working together in this context, our community becomes stronger and more rounded. Pupils themselves often lead our Assemblies and pupils of different faiths explain their own festivals and religions when there is the opportunity, either to the whole school or in smaller year group assemblies. Alongside the whole school weekly assembly, the Sixth Form and Years 10 and 11 have weekly assemblies focusing on specific topics related to their current focus.

Our School Counsellor Mr Hawes is available to talk to students about any issues that may be affecting them.

Students are welcome to come to the counsellor for a variety of reasons, which may include anxiety, stress, lacking energy and feeling stuck.

“I had a completely different attitude when I arrived at counselling, and, after a few sessions, things changed. I would definitely recommend the counselling service for someone under stress or just unsure about things” – Nottingham High School student.