Lower School Pastoral Care

Just like our teaching and learning, our commitment to pastoral care is as strong as ever at this difficult time at our Lower School

Lower School Pastoral Care

Just like our teaching and learning, our commitment to pastoral care is as strong as ever at this difficult time at our Lower School

Your child will have access to their Form Tutor, Head of Year and class teachers at many points throughout the day. Mrs Kirkham will also be popping into registrations and other sessions to see how the children are and how they are getting on.  Each day, school will start off with a form period which is dedicated to pastoral time. Drop-in sessions will also be scheduled as necessary.

Reward system

Our usual system of Trackit Lights will be used to motivate and reward the children for their work, engagement, learning behaviour and good manners. As this is a cloud-based system, Trackits will be awarded as usual and continue to count towards personal and House totals.  Pupils house point totals will be communicated to them weekly by their Form Tutor.

House system

There will be weekly, optional, House Challenges created by the Sports, Music, Art, Drama and Technology departments.  For example, on the week commencing 4th May, the Technology department will be creating a challenge linked to VE day.  Children will be issued house points for their endeavours which will be added to their weekly totals. These challenges will start w/c 27th April. We will continue to announce our top achievers in each House every three weeks, as well as announcing the winner of the House cup. These will both be communicated in the Downsend Times and top achievers will be awarded certificates via email.

Pastoral concerns or queries

It is important that pupils and parents know that we are here to support them during our Online Teaching and Learning Programme. If you have any pastoral or wellbeing concerns, please contact your child’s Form Tutor in the first instance. They might choose to escalate this to the appropriate Head of Year, to Miss Black or to Mrs Kirkham. All concerns will be dealt with as swiftly and comprehensively as they would normally be in school.

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