The concept of pastoral care can be simply summarised as the care and well-being of each child. At Smithdon High School, we want to ensure an outstanding climate for learning through supportive pastoral care which complements our academic and co-curricular offer.
It is important that our young people feel happy, supported and cared for in order to achieve their best in the classroom. We believe that our Pastoral System provides the support and guidance that students need at each stage of their educational journey at Smithdon, from Year 6 transitioning into Year 7 right the way through to Year 11 and preparing for the next stage of their journey.
Each morning students begin their day with their Form Tutor for Registration and a 30-minute Form Time (spent either in Assembly or following our ASPIRE curriculum) during which tutors and students build a positive relationship - ordinarily, a student’s form tutor will stay with them as they progress through Years 7 to 11.
Form Tutors monitor student planners, school uniform and attendance as well as discussing behaviour and attendance (both positive and negative) with the members of their form group.
From Transition through to Year 11, our students are supported in a caring capacity through our experienced Pastoral Managers. These key members of staff are the first point of contact for both parents and students - it is to these members of staff that students can initially turn if they have a problem or worry.
The Pastoral Managers are non-teaching members of staff, enabling them to be available to students, parents and external agencies at any time during the school day. They monitor student wellbeing whilst also ensuring academic progress. Each year group has a designated pastoral worker who works alongside parents, students and external agencies to provide a constant source of support for each individual child.
From worries such as forgetting a lunchbox through to an academic meeting our pastoral workers are here to support you.
Transition and Year 7 - Mrs Julie Bowyer
Direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct tel.: 01485 536114
Years 8 and 9 - Miss Tina Bucke
Direct email: email@example.com
Direct tel.: 01485 536114
Years 10 and 11 - Miss Sarah Green
Direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct tel.: 01485 536119
Our two Assistant Headteachers (AHTs) are each responsible for overseeing the curriculum and pastoral support for one Key Stage.
Mrs Sarah Robinson has responsibility for Key Stage Three (Years 7-9)
Mr Matthew Knott has responsibility for Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11)
Each AHT is responsible for the team of form tutors for each year group within their Key Stage (with Mr Steve Chapman adding additional leadership support for Year 11), ensuring that high standards are kept within the team. They also have an overview of the progress made by all students within their key stage of responsibility. If it is felt that additional support is needed for specific students, this is then implemented in association with relevant external agencies and/or internal school staff.
As well as members of Smithdon High School staff, we also have support from external agencies, who offer support to students that need extra help with a specific focus; they also work with the students’ families if it is felt necessary.
These professionals include general counsellors, bereavement counsellors, social workers and many others, who are specialists in their fields, and can offer more tailored support.
Students and/or parents can request to see one of our external partners via the Pastoral Managers.