Pastoral Support and School Ethos
Every child has the right to a fruitful, positive and enjoyable experience at school. We regard student support as being indivisible from successful teaching in the classroom.
In the Lower School at Haybridge you will be in a tutor group with other students from your year group. There are approximately 24 students in each tutor group. The Heads of Year are:
Year 7 - Mrs Carrier
Year 8 - Mrs Dosanjh
Year 9 - Miss Longville
Year 10 - Miss Hancox
Year 11 - Mr Martin
Tutor Groups fall into four Houses. The system is overseen by the Deputy Headteacher Mr Hyde. Together with the Assistant Headteachers and the Headteacher, the team supports students in matters of pastoral care and overall academic progress.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Our SEND provision is, as far as possible, based on an individual student’s needs. We aim to keep students in mainstream classes, with appropriate support, withdrawing students only when deemed necessary. In our PAD (Progress and Development Department) we have Achievement Assistants working to support students both in groups and on a one to one basis.
In line with the requirements of the Disability and Equality Act 2010, the school is committed to improving access for young people, parents/carers, or visitors with physical or sensory disabilities. All information in printed form can be made available in large print, on request, for those with visual impairments.
Our curriculum is aimed at developing the knowledge and skills of every child, regardless of ability or disability, and resources, training and staff are deployed to support these efforts. Activities are adapted to meet different students’ needs, and there is full provision of technology and teaching support.
Our SEND policies and reports can be found on our Documents and Policies page.
Ethos and Conduct
We believe that parents/carers share our view that, within a carefully structured framework, students should be treated with courtesy and as individuals, and should be expected to treat others in the same way. We strive to ensure that relationships between staff and students are mutually respectful, warm and positive. Students respond well to praise and encouragement, and these are central to our teaching and dealings with students. Our treatment of students individually and as a group will be positive and sensitive, but within a clearly understood code of behaviour. We intend this to foster tolerance and respect for others, and most importantly, a sense of self-worth and the capacity to work as contributing members of a team or community. We are committed to offering equal opportunities for all.
There are occasions, however, when sanctions are necessary. Basic breaches of classroom discipline are dealt with within departments or by Form Tutors and Student Support Teams. The system of sanctions is designed to be fair and constructive in reminding students of their need for discipline in work and behaviour.
Sanctions to be employed will include detention, a requirement to repeat work, being placed on report and withdrawal from lessons or internal isolation. When students are kept in detention, parents/carers will be given 24 hours notice, and it is their responsibility to organise safe transport home.
Codes of Conduct are issued to all students as an invaluable aid in the smooth and effective running of the school. These rules express our requirements of tolerance for others, good manners, self-discipline, commitment and hard work. Bullying of any kind, including homophobic or racist language, is not tolerated. In disciplinary matters which cause particular anxiety, the school will seek to consult with parents/carers, who are urged to respond positively to any invitation to come into school to discuss problems relating to their children. In cases where the school’s disciplinary system has failed to receive the co-operation of the student or for serious breaches of discipline, the Headteacher may exclude a student from school. Parents/carers will always be fully informed of such a procedure, and made aware of their rights of appeal.
Our Behaviour and Attendance Policies and Home School Agreements can be found on our Documents and Policies page.