We have embedded a pastoral system that includes:
- A mentor for every child in the school. All children have the opportunity, at least every term, to meet with a mentor to provide them with pastoral support. Because this is for everyone, we are able to tailor this to need, with children with greater need having more support and access. This ensures that the child has always a point of contact within the school, usually their tutor, with whom they are entitled to meet with regularly;
- We also draw on our more experienced SEND staff, as well as our SLT, to have suitable mentees and reduce the number for the tutors. We are very careful to match mentors with their mentees;
- Our tutors follow their tutor groups through their time at the school, to enable them to build up relationships of trust. This also supports the relationships with parents, who establish a point of contact;
- We ensure that there is a joined up approach with any external agency working with a child, and readily, but sensitively, sharing appropriate information to support our young people with their school journey;
- Mentors record details of the sessions and these are monitored by heads of year and senior leaders;
- We place much emphasis on our transition between primary and secondary, to ensure that pupils and their parents are confident that their child’s needs will be met upon arrival in high school;
- We provide training to support staff and have a whole scheme of work for PSHE to ensure that tutors are delivering high quality lessons.