Well-being Support Schemes
Form teacher and teaching assistants
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. Our form teachers and teaching assistants play an integral role in the girls’ pastoral welfare and they are the first point of contact for parents. Valuable messages are shared and discussed during form times and the girls are encouraged to express their feelings and opinions. Parents are welcome to pop in at the beginning or the end of the school day or by appointment. The girls all have a message book/homework diary where teachers and parents can communicate about changes to daily routine etc.
PAT (Personal Appointment Time)
All Lower School girls have PAT (personal appointment time) with their teachers where they are encouraged to reflect on their strengths and challenges. the girls write reflectively before or after their PAT. The sessions provide the girls with an opportunity to speak with their form teacher on a one to one basis.The girls are encouraged to continue their self-evaluation from these sessions in their profile books. They also use the book to record notable achievements and memorable events and occasions at school for example outings or a school play.
'Big Sister' Relationships
All classes benefit from the support of Senior School students who develop ‘big sister’ relationships with their class. Y10 and Y12 girls support the First School girls and Y10 students work with the Lower School pupils as form assistants. The girls come twice each week before school to help with early morning routines and offer a ‘listening ear’ when needed. As part of the Year 6 responsibility roles on offer, girls have the opportunity to become First School Playground Leader for a term. This involves playing games and joining the First School girls for playtimes and is a role that is always very popular. Year 2 girls act as ‘buddies’ for the new Reception girls when they begin their NLCS journey. Girls from Y5 upward act as ‘coach pals’ to First School girls traveling to school on the coaches and new Year 3 girls taking the coach home are paired with Year 5 or 6 girls travelling on the same route.
PSHE, RSE and Circle Time
There are a variety of schemes in place to support well-being in the Junior School. Throughout the school there is a holistic curriculum for Personal, Social and Health Education which aims to build self-esteem, develop personal skills and inter-personal relationships, and raise awareness about important health related issues, including sex education, drugs and alcohol at an age appropriate level for each age group.
Girls have regular sessions of Circle Time both in classes and in mixed age groups helping girls to express themselves and resolve problems. These sessions establish a forum in which girls can discuss issues of common interest and help one another.
Mind Your 5 and The Daily Mile
The Mind Your 5 programme helps the girls learn to look after themselves and recognises the importance of healthy eating, living and interactions. the girls are encouraged to follow five steps to contribute to maintaining a healthy mind and body: Healthy Practice, Activity, Positive Thinking, Positive Emotions and Your Interactions. The morning daily mile undertaken by the Lower School girls is an important part of the ‘being active’ component and the fantastic and healthy meals provided by our school caterers contribute to the ‘healthy eating’.
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. These learning habits help the girls develop these attributes to support them when faced with challenges giving them the confidence to try again.