As with KS3 and KS4, we have a dedicated pastoral team working with Sixth Form students throughout their time with us to ensure they can thrive and flourish. Pastoral staff are non-teaching and so are available throughout the day to support both students and parents should any issues arise.
Home to School Contact
At the end of each term, we send a report home detailing both progress made throughout that term, as well as attitude towards learning. As well as helping students understand where they are in relation to expected outcomes, these reports also help determine how much Agreed Absence students will receive the following term.
In addition to regular parents’ meetings for consultation with subject teachers, there are also special meetings for students and parents in other school year groups:
- In the Autumn of Year 11 to give information about the Sixth Form and post 16 study options
- In the Summer of Year 12 to give information about post 18 options, including the procedure for applying to university / college.
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). For more information on the work of the Wellbeing in Mind Team, you may like to watch the following video.
Referrals to the Wellbeing in Mind Team are made by in-school Pastoral Staff.
Key Stage 5
The KS5 Pastoral Team consists of Mrs Holden, Mrs Pulling, Mr Dent and Dr Simha. Each member of the team has their own specific role, as well as dealing with day-to-day issues in the Key Stage as and when they arise.
- Mrs Holden: Head of Year 12 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mrs Holden’s focus is particularly on academic support and the UCAS process. Additionally, Mrs Holden will support those students who have opted for the Early Entry Pathway.
- Mrs Pulling (email@example.com): Head of Year 13
Mrs Pulling’s role within Sixth Form is to support students academically, socially and emotionally. Mrs Pulling will also provide specific support to those students who have opted for the Higher Vocational Pathway.
- Mr Dent & Dr Simha: Heads of Guidance (Mr Dent: firstname.lastname@example.org) (Dr Simha: email@example.com)
As Heads of Guidance, Mr Dent and Dr Simha are able to provide students with a tailored ongoing plan of support to help ensure they achieve their ambitions when they leave us aged 18. The process starts at the beginning of Year 12 and continues throughout Year 13. Mr Dent and Dr Simha will play a particularly important role if you choose the Enhanced Pathway.
The Pastoral Team are supported in their work by the Sixth Form Tutors.
Supporting Young People at Home
The Wellbeing in Mind Team have put together some useful resources to help parents support their child’s wellbeing outside of school. This includes tips for all of us for looking after our general wellbeing as well as covering the main areas of concern for young people: low mood, anxiety, self-harm, self-esteem, stress and sleep. You can access this information here.