Pastoral Care in the Junior Section
As a Christian School, we at the Cathedral School are extremely proud of our pastoral work. We regard all individuals as important and we do our utmost to ensure the children enjoy their time at the school and leave us as happy, confident and well-rounded children, As a result, we believe efficient and excellent communication between parents, staff and children are the keys to success. At various times during the year, children might become upset over an issue which might be in the home, in school or outside, It is essential we do not proportion blame but work together to ensure difficulties, anxieties/concerns are addressed. In this way, the children can feel safe, secure and content in the knowledge that something is being done to help them. Communication can take place via a letter, telephone conversation, homework diaries and both the Informal and Formal parents' evenings. However, we believe the best form of communication is through a direct approach and the Deputy Head, Pastoral Tutor and Form Teachers are available at the end of the School Day, as well as at the start of the day in urgent cases. All colleagues, namely the Pastoral Tutor, Form Teachers, Classroom Assistants, Chaplain, Librarian, midday and lunchtime supervisors have an important role to play and will work together to ensure the children's time at school is a happy one.
The staff meet weekly in a designated meeting which discusses pupils' pastoral care. As a result, all teachers have a full knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of those pupils who might need extra attention. They are kept on 'pupil watch' for a short time. If there is further cause for concern parents will be contacted so that a three way partnership exists to enable us to plan a way forward.
Occasionally pupils are given demerits. Pupils can become upset over the issue of these. The Pastoral Tutor keeps a careful eye on this area and deals with any misdemeanour firmly but sensitively.
The promotion of good work and behaviour is a strong feature of the school and children are rewarded through merits, culminating in receiving certificates and at a later stage badges. These help go towards House totals, which adds to the healthy competitive rivalry amongst the Juniors.