PASTORAL SUPPORT KS4
We have a dedicated team of pastoral staff working in all Key Stages and with each year group. These are non-teaching staff members, who are there to deal with day-to-day pastoral issues as and when they arise. The Pastoral Team is led by Mrs Williams, Director of Pastoral Care and Safeguarding. Mrs Williams is also the Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
In Key Stage 4, we have a Head of Year for each of Years 10 & 11. The Heads of Year work closely with the Form Tutors in each year group to ensure the right ethos and tone is set for all students. Equally, they work with teaching staff and the Student Progress Leader, setting standards to ensure all students achieve the best possible rates of progression and attainment and working with students and parents to plan interventions as appropriate where a student may be struggling for whatever reason.
Finally, the Heads of Year are responsible for delivering wider pastoral care within the year group, meeting with students as required, and if additional support is needed, referring students to the School Mentor and / or the Wellbeing in Mind Team, as well as ensuring students make a smooth transition from KS3 to KS4 and eventually onto KS5.
In Key Stage 4, the Heads of Year are:
If you have any concerns about your child’s progress or wellbeing, please contact the relevant Head of Year in the first instance.
As well as the dedicated pastoral staff, we employ a Mentor, Libby Pearson. Libby meets every 2 to 3 weeks with students who need a little extra support to be a listening ear. She provides students with the space and time to talk about what is happening in their life, both in and out of school, and works together with students to try to find ways of making life easier.
Students can be referred to Libby by a member of the pastoral team.
Wellbeing in Mind Team
The Wellbeing in Mind Team consists of an NHS staff team, based in school, to offer support to students experiencing common emotional wellbeing difficulties. They provide additional care and interventions for young people experiencing difficulties including:
- low mood
- low self esteem
The team works closely with external services so that those with more complex problems can get the right help, from the right people, more quickly.
Difficulties that young people experience can affect things like work, friendships and home life. Having the right support available when and where it’s needed can help to lessen the impact things like stress or anxiety have, both now and in the future.
The wellbeing in mind team is made up of NHS professionals including senior clinicians, higher-level therapists and education mental health practitioner trainees (EMHPs).
Referrals to the Wellbeing in Mind Team are made by in-school Pastoral Staff.