Safeguarding is at the heart of all we do. A Child Protection Officer (CPO) and a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) have fundamental roles in our college. All members of our community have a role in safe-guarding and mentoring our students.
The pastoral team works in partnership with all sections of the school and community to support our students’ wellbeing and social and personal development. Most teachers have the role of Form Teacher and this includes delivering a single period PSHE lesson each week, attending year group assemblies and regularly mentoring a cohort of about 14 students throughout the year. The form teacher is the first point of contact for both students and parents. As far as possible, we try to take a preventative approach in all we do.
Each year group is overseen by a Head of Year who has overall responsibility for the well-being of the students and the delivery of the PSHE programme. They also manage and develop a large team of Form Teachers. Heads of Level (G or A Levels) are members of the Senior Leadership Team and support the Heads of Year in providing the PSHE programmes, CPD opportunities and also work closely with the academic leadership team.
In addition, the Pastoral Deputy Principal supports the Pastoral team in ensuring the overall level of pastoral care within the college and the wellbeing centre is staffed by two counsellors and a medical team of nurses providing professional expertise and advise for both day and residential students.