PASTORAL CARE AT THE PRIORY SCHOOL
Pastoral care and support is extremely important at The Priory School so that our commitment to focused learning and academic excellence can be maintained. Students can only give of their best in the classroom and beyond if they feel happy and safe.
The Pastoral System
Every student has a tutor who will usually follow their group through the compulsory years of school. Tutors work in a team under the direction of a Head of Year. The whole pastoral system is organised and directed by the Deputy Headteacher for Safeguarding and Wellbeing (Mrs Trimnell). Any concerns about academic progress or personal well-being can be addressed to either the tutor or the Head of Year and will be followed up with appropriate support. You can e mail the relevant Head of Year using the links under each of their name below.
Bullying is a rare event at The Priory School and is never allowed to become a serious issue because we take every case of bullying seriously. But we can only act if we know there is a problem and so it is important that pupils tell their Tutor, Head of Year or report it on Tootoot if they are having a problem. This applies in school and to transport to and from school. In the internet age one of the main causes of unhappiness can be unkind comments on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. When upsets of this sort occur we will intervene to support parents and pupils. Again, please let us know.
Home School Link Worker
Because teachers are usually in classrooms during the school day and can be difficult to get hold of, Mrs Howitt is our Home School Link Worker who can be contacted through your child’s Head of Year.
The school has many Chaplains who are able to see students experiencing difficulties. If parents or students feel this would be helpful they should contact Mrs Trimnell who will arrange an appointment.
The school nurse is Felicity Hill. Students are able to see her during Tuesday lunch breaks, parents should contact student services if they wish to speak with her directly.
More Complex Difficulties
Sometimes young people can be overwhelmed by a number of problems all happening at the same time. When we have concerns about mental well-being we will talk to parents about making a referral to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. In other cases we may gather a ‘Team Around the Child’ which may involve a number of agencies with expertise to support complex problems. We would always involve parents in referrals of this sort.
Out of hours help
In addition to the Emergency Services (phone 999) and your local GP, there are other organisations which can provide immediate help:
Childline is a 24/7 service on 0800 1111
Samaritans can be contacted on 0117 983 1000
A list of resources for parents is gathered on the “Well being” page under the Safeguarding tab on this site.