The Delivery of Pastoral Care
"Pupils and parents recognised the important contribution made to the pupils' personal development by the excellent environment promoted by the leadership and the high standard of pastoral care and support provided throughout the School." - ISI Inspection, April 2017
The pastoral care of all our students is the responsibility of the whole community. The way we treat, talk to, interact with and teach students all contribute to the quality of our pastoral care.
Whilst the Head has ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the School’s running, the Deputy Head (Pupil Progress and Welfare) will lead and manage the delivery of the School’s pastoral vision and will, through the Pastoral Team, monitor the progress made by every student in the areas of academia, co-curricular and personal development to ensure that the School fulfils its Aims for every child.
The Senior School is divided into three smaller Schools: The Lower School (Years 7 and 8), The Upper School (Years 9, 10 and 11) and The Sixth Form. These Schools allow students to feel part of a smaller community and to ensure that every student is known and feels valued.
An enhanced tutor system, which places the Form Tutor as a mentor at the centre of the student’s school life, provides students with the guidance that they need to build on their skills and further develop their academic profile over the course of their education. The Form Tutor is a fundamental person in the life of each student and is the first point of contact for parents.
Three dedicated Student Managers support the Form Tutors closely and work with individual and groups of students to promote the welfare and to provide the best outcomes for all students within the relevant School. Responsibility is placed on the Student Manager for monitoring the attendance, punctuality, behaviour and attitudes of the students and the impact of these factors upon learning. Student Managers are non-teachers and are best placed to deal with day-to-day issues as they arise.
Overseeing each team of Form Tutors is a Head of Year, who is responsible for leading and managing that Year group to enable each student to work positively towards achieving their potential in academic, pastoral and co-curricular fields. Heads of Year are supported by the relevant Assistant Head who is responsible not only for the strategic development of their School, but also for the tracking of student progress and monitoring and reviewing the pastoral care within their area. The three Assistant Heads work closely together to ensure consistency across Schools and to facilitate a smooth transition between.
The School has dedicated Safeguarding Officers, a Head of Well-Being, a Head of Learning Support and a medical team comprising of highly trained First Aiders and a School Nurse. The School utilises the Beacon Counselling Service and students can be referred or self-refer where appropriate. Senior students also take an important role within the pastoral support system of CHS, acting as Peer Mentors to younger students and mentoring individuals. The School has a proactive Careers Department who provide guidance and advice to students throughout the different stages of their education.
Pastoral Care is central to everything at CHS and is promoted in many different ways; through the positive School environment and ethos, through a coordinated pastoral programme involving assemblies and tutor time activities, the numerous opportunities to be involved in charity events, the delivery of discrete Well-Being lessons, student mentoring and leadership and the extensive co-curricular programme.