We believe that the quality of pastoral care is as valuable as the quality of teaching in the classroom
Social and emotional development programmes are followed and when it is appropriate visiting speakers offer specialist information raising awareness in relation to Personal, Social and Health Education aspects.
A pastoral team, including the Intervention team, Tutors and Heads of Year, oversees pupils as they progress through each year group, offering support, mentoring and guidance. The team regularly monitor attendance, support pupils returning after absence and take the necessary actions to prevent prolonged absence.
If, during a prolonged absence, it is deemed appropriate, our intervention team will collate work for the child to complete at home.
The first point of contact, for students and their families, is always their Personalised learning Tutor or their Head of Year.
In cases where there are serious causes for concern then the point of contact should be one of the Intervention team or Designated Safeguarding Leads.
- Mr D Carmichael – Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mrs S Walker – Deputy Safeguarding Lead / Intervention Team
- Mr A Ward – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Relevant staff are trained to support medical needs and this training is provided through the specialist services and is available to the students throughout the school day.
Below is a collection of externally run support sites which parents and students have found useful.
Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board –
Disrespect Nobody – Find out about health relationships, relationship abuse, consent, rape and pornography.
Educate against hate – Information and support for parents/carers on the issues surrounding extremism and radicalisation and how to protect your child.
Young Minds – Information and advice for parents/carers on young people’s behaviour and mental health.
NSPCC – The underwear rule – Guidance designed to help parents/carers start conversations with young people to help protect them from abuse.
There is also a guide for parents/carers of young people with autism:
There is also a guide for foster carers:
Family Lives – A charity set up to help support parents/carers with the changes families go through. This includes a confidential helpline and online chat.
CEOP – Information to help parents/carers protect their children from online abuse. Also includes information about reporting abuse.
The Hideout – A website created by Women’s Aid to help parents/carers understand domestic violence and how it affects young people.
CASY – Information on the service provided by CASY (a counselling service for young people aged 6-25 in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire).
Gangs Line – Information for parents/carers on gangs and youth violence.
Somebody else’s child – Information on private fostering.
Frank – Information for parents/carers on drugs and what to do if you are worried about your/a child.
Anti-Bullying Alliance – Information for parents/carers on bullying.
NSPCC – Information and advice about keeping children safe.
NSPCC – The services offered by the NSPCC.
NSPCC – Child trafficking – Information on what child trafficking is.
NSPCC – Forced Marriage – Information, advice and guidance on forced marriage, including links to other websites.
NSPCC – What is Child Sexual Exploitation – Information on CSE, including signs, symptoms and effects.
B-eat – Guidance and support on eating disorders.
National Self Harm Network (NSHM) – Help and support on self-harm.
Addaction – One of the UK’s leading and largest special drug, alcohol and mental health treatment charities.
Mermaids – To support children and families affected by Gender Dysphoria.
Broken Rainbows – LGBT Domestic Violence charity.
Internet Matters – Helping parents keep their children safe online.
Missing People – A charity that aims to support family and friends of those who go missing.