The wellbeing of each and every pupil is of paramount importance to us, and we work hard to create an environment where every child feels respected, nurtured and valued.
While every pupil has a form teacher who is primarily responsible for their pastoral care, the community nature of our school means that all of our teachers play an active role in each child’s emotional and personal development, providing support whenever necessary. Our Head of Pastoral care has oversight of all the needs of the children within school and welcomes visits from children (and parents) at any time to discuss what is troubling them and to help prevent any small concerns growing.
Friendship difficulties are taken seriously as they can affect a child’s time in school and we operate a zero-tolerance approach to bullying or unkindness which is dealt with according to our policy and procedures with parents being informed where appropriate. We aim to support and nurture all the children involved to set them back on a happier path.
All our pupils take part in an annual wellbeing survey so we can monitor their needs and respond to them accordingly. All year groups have worry boxes available in different forms in their classroom which teachers check regularly as well as a whole school ‘problem pot’ in the foyer by the hall. For Year 5 and 6 access is also available for an online worry box called Tootoot where the children have access in or out of school and can log worries which are seen by the safeguarding and pastoral team and can be dealt with anonymously if preferred. These worry pots whether physical or online ensure that children who may feel more comfortable writing down concerns can alert their teachers who will then help them deal with any issues.
To support our pupils who may have longer term difficulties emotionally or have issues at home we facilitate support from Primary Playspace and Parenting Pathways who support children on a one to one basis in school or work with parents to enable them to support their children. This is arranged through our Head of Pastoral support.
In addition to ensuring each child progresses individually, we want all our pupils to feel part of something special. To engender that team spirit, we have three houses – Neptune, Mars and Jupiter – and run friendly inter-house competitions throughout the year in everything from sport to music and art. This system helps the children understand how they are part of a larger whole, and encourages them to share in the achievements of others and interact with pupils from other year groups.
We encourage all our pupils to use their ‘voice’ through our School Council, discussions about moral, social and citizenship issues in PSHCE lessons, regular school assemblies and class discussion.
Ultimately our aim is to provide a safe and nurturing community where children feel comfortable and happy, allowing them to make the most of all the educational opportunities open to them.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment.
The safety of our pupils is our number one priority. Any concerns or signs of abuse or neglect must be immediately reported to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL). If you have any concerns we also recommend that you read the NSPCC web page: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/
|Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)||Ms Caroline Dowling|
|Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Deputy DSL)||Mrs Tanya Mennie|
|Any other staff trained to DSL level||Mr Rob Harmer|
|Mrs Kate Bodle|
|Mrs Ruth Peters|
|Mrs Kate Catlin|