Pastoral Care at Knighton House
There are several strands to our pastoral care at Knighton House School, but we take the well-being of our pupils as central to their ability to succeed in their learning and their relationships.
The core principles of our pastoral care programme are:
- As leaders and teachers, to set the example as caring and professional role models
- To provide opportunities for our pupils to act as role models for younger pupils
- To ensure our pupils work in a safe and attractive environment
- To give credence to the pupil voice
- To deliver a PSHE programme which develops in our pupils a spirit of compassion, openness, tolerance and understanding
- To ensure the role of the class tutor is seen as important and always evolving
- To ensure that staff are appropriately trained in order to deliver our high standards of pastoral care
- To empower our pupils by giving them opportunities for taking planned risks and encouraging them to be curious, reflective and creative learners, thus giving them confidence in the face of life’s challenges.
Every child belongs to a tutor group; the tutor is the first line of support for all pupils, in all matters in school. Tutors help children foster a group identity and many activities within school happen in tutor groups. Each class has a Form Captain – this role of responsibility is open to all pupils, providing they put forward a short presentation of what they will offer in the role. The children vote each term for this position.
To get to know our tutees better, tutors will complete one per term, two if possible. During a one-to-one, tutors will talk with each tutee about their PEP choices, other clubs, activities or commitments, work pressure and progress generally, as well as friendships and support. The information is kept in the tutor file and these are handed on to the next tutor, for information and continuity.
Tutor Time Yearbook
The tutor time yearbook sets out simple prompts for tutor time and is an opportunity to build on our learning disposition themes or other aspects of school life for which raising awareness would be beneficial. The calendar is circulated every term, with new themes or prompts.
The Independent Listener
The school benefits from an Independent Listener; she comes into school twice a term but she is available at any time should a child require it – pupils have clear guidance on how they would contact her and are made aware of when she is coming into school.