March 16, 2011

Pastoral

Students who join the school at the same time are called a year group. Each year group has a director of learning, an assistant director of learning and a team of tutors who are responsible for the welfare of the students. The director and assistant director of learning remain with their year groups as they go through school from year 7 to 11. Key stage 3 covers students in year 7 and year 8 and Key Stage 4 covers students in year 9, 10 and 11. The team moves with the students allowing them to get to know all students and build up relationships with parents. Each year group has its own break out area and its own toilet facilities.

Each student is expected to stick to the school uniform policy which can be found on the website. The uniform set out here is the basis of our school environment and ethos and should not be deviated from.

The school behaviour policy is also found on the website and must be adhered to at all times, in and around school. This policy is essential to a constructive learning environment and helps develop positive relationships in classrooms.

We strive to provide a happy working environment in which every student is valued as an individual. We aim to give the care, support and help which will enable every child to make the most of his or her academic potential and develop as a well rounded individual. Monitoring student’s progress across the curriculum is therefore part of the pastoral work in key stage 3 and 4.

Personal achievement in all areas of life is stressed and identified. Tutors help students with self assessment, recording achievement, reviewing progress and setting targets. Homework is an essential part of school life and time should be allocated each week by the student to complete it. We offer homework clubs and after school groups to help students achieve their potential when it comes to extending their learning outside of the classroom.

Parents are kept closely involved in any developments concerning their child and may feel free to contact pastoral staff at any time regarding their son or daughter. The pastoral system recognises the importance of parents and teachers working together so that each child can derive the maximum benefit from their time here at Boldon.

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