Well-being & Pastoral Care in the Junior School
There are a variety of schemes in place to support well-being in the Junior School. A robust PSHE and RSE curriculum ensures high quality teaching.
The Learning Habits, intellectual character traits underpin academic and pastoral work in the Junior School by encouraging girls to be curious and resilient as well as using good judgement and empathy. The Mind Your 5 programme helps the girls learn to look after themselves and recognises the importance of healthy eating, living and interactions.
Circle Times facilitated by teachers, both in classes and in mixed age groups help girls to express themselves and resolve problems. All Lower School girls have PAT (personal appointment time) with their teachers where they are encouraged to reflect on their strengths and challenges.
As a new member of staff I was impressed by the expectation that all of the staff would know all of the girls by name –not just those they teach. We know their likes and dislikes, their passions and their fears. There is a spirit of open communication within our community.
Meet the Pastoral Team
The pastoral structure in the Junior School
All Junior School classes are led by a form teacher and have the support of a Teaching Assistant. Subject specialist staff without forms, act as form buddies for a specific class. All classes benefit from the support of either Year 11 or Sixth Form students who develop ‘big sister’ relationships with their class.
My daughter was diagnosed as coeliac – within 48 hours, I had spoken to the Deputy Head and form teacher, met the catering manager and all of the First School staff had been informed. This meant that all staff were able to help her with food choices and ensure she didn’t take something by mistake. She was only 5 years old.
(First School parent)
I was finding maths lessons a really difficult. My teacher spoke to me at the end of the lesson as he could see that I was feeling overwhelmed. We talked through some strategies to help me to overcome this. Not only did I feel better straight away but I knew he was looking out for me and I could back to him any time about anything.
(Year 5 pupil)