We understand that every student is different. They learn in different ways and have different interests and areas of strength. Individual students also have different needs at different times. Our pastoral care strategy is geared to helping each student discover where their particular talents lie and offering tailored support when they need it.
We have a highly personalised approach to meeting the academic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every student. We use information and data from our own assessments, from national tests and from our meetings with students and their parents to make sure we know our students well and understand their individual needs.
A combination of outstanding learning and teaching, wide-ranging enrichment activities, regular opportunities for emotional and spiritual development and an extensive programme of challenge and support enables us to maximise every student’s chance of success.
Year Team System
Every student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Personal Tutor (PT). The Personal Tutor is the first point of contact between home and school. They make sure parents are regularly updated on any issues that are preventing their daughter from learning. They take particular care during the transition from secondary school to the sixth form. The PTs run a detailed tutorial programme that is designed to help the girls to focus on their learning and university preparation.
Students will also be assigned to a Personal Progress Tutor (PPT). A Personal Progress Tutor will monitor students’ progress throughout the year using a range of assessment strategies in order to accurately estimate the grades they are likely to achieve at the end of the year and provide additional support to ensure each student achieve their potential.
Formal progress monitoring occurs each half- term. During progress monitoring, students will have an individual interview with each of their Subject Teachers. Their progress to date will be discussed with them and they will receive feedback on a range of areas from all their subjects. After this, you will have a detailed one-to-one interview with their Personal Progress Tutor or the Head of Sixth Form.
The Year Team is responsible for ensuring the well-being of students. It comprises the PTs for each year group, PPTs for each year group, a dedicated Head of Year and the Head of Sixth Form.
For students with additional needs, those going through some sort of distress (eg after a bereavement) or those where there are attendance or behaviour issues, the school provides intensive support to make sure they get the help and support they need to succeed in their learning.
We also have a multi-agency team that supports the school in delivering the Every Child Matters and Extended Services agenda. Students have access to a school nurse, educational psychologist, social worker and other professionals.
The Tarbiyyah (nurturing) mentoring programme provides specialised, individual spiritual guidance for any young person in need.
Rewards and sanctions
Every student is special and the sixth form regularly identifies, rewards and celebrates its students’ successes. These can be in any aspect of school life and include rewards for regular attendance, outstanding academic achievement, making a good contribution to the local community or an act of kindness.
Rewards can take many forms, ranging from simply saying “well done” to recognition at celebration assemblies or special events such as the annual presentation evening.
If standards at the School are to be maintained, it is equally important to have a clear, consistent sanctions system. This is rigorously enforced by an explicit system of detention and report cards.
Partnership with parents
Our partnership approach to working with parents plays a big part in our success.
Our commitment to pastoral care and to ensuring that every student gets personal attention means that parents can be assured that their daughters will flourish in our safe and secure learning environment.
All parents and guardians are asked to sign a home–school agreement, which clearly states our commitment to their daughter, as well as what we expect in return, in terms of attendance and behaviour.
All parents and guardians are regularly kept up to date with their daughter’s academic and spiritual progress, through both our half-termly report cards and performance review meetings.
This process ensures parents know where their daughter is up to, what they have achieved and any areas that need further attention. It’s also an opportunity for parents to give feedback to us and tell us what they’d like to see.