It is very important to all of us that each girl, whatever her age, feels happy and comfortable. Every adult in the school has a responsibility for the girls’ welfare and security and there are many layers of care in place.
Class teachers and Learning Support Assistants maintain close contact with girls and their parents. Great emphasis is placed on encouraging the girls to be friendly, polite and caring to everyone in the community, whether adults or children, and there is strong peer support amongst the girls. They follow a simple behaviour code devised by themselves.
We have two School Nurses, a Counsellor and two Individual Needs Specialists, all of whom are able to provide support and to ensure each girl understands her unique importance in the school community. The Junior School Assistant Head overseas the pastoral care of all the girls, working with the Phase Leaders of each Key Stage. All Year 6 girls are prefects in the Junior School with responsibility for younger girls, a duty they take very seriously. New girls in Year 3 have a buddy assigned to them from within the class so they can quickly form new friendships. Senior School Sixth Formers regularly help Junior girls in the classroom and Year 6 girls support younger girls in the playground.
A programme of PSHCE (personal, social, health & citizenship education lessons) covers important issues of self-development and allows girls to reflect on their responsibilities to each other and the wider community. A Housepoints system encourages kind and considerate behaviour.
Children’s welfare in the EYFS has the highest priority and is central to all that the setting does to ensure that children feel safe and secure. Inspection Report 2014