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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

At Weston Green great emphasis is placed on the development of the whole child. At the start of each year, class teachers quickly get to know each pupil in their class, aided by a well-organised and thorough handover process from the previous teacher, highlighting the strengths and areas for development of each pupil, as well as their style of learning and any relevant pastoral information. During the course of the school year, regular pastoral reviews are held by staff, reviewing every child at least once a term to ensure that any issues are swiftly dealt with and that the wellbeing of all pupils is regularly monitored.

We believe that children need positive adult role models who are consistent and set clear boundaries. The family atmosphere of the school helps firm friendships to become established amongst the adults, both staff and parents, who then act as role models for the pupils. The children are then able to forge friendships very quickly and it is a delight to watch as they play, share news, congratulate each other on achievements and spend time together after school.

Their interaction within the school community helps them develop a sense of right and wrong and they learn to consider how their actions have consequences for others. They learn to respect one another, property and the environment they share.

We aim to provide our pupils with a range of experiences designed to promote positive relationships, individual responsibility and to further extend their confidence. We operate a house system, with every child from Reception upwards becoming a member of one of our four houses. Regular house meetings are held and a wide range of house competitions take place during the school year, from sport to music, poetry and quizzes. Through these, the children learn the value of teamwork and cooperation and they become very supportive of each other. Upper KS2 pupils lead their house, providing positive role models for the younger pupils as well as performing an important role as aspiring leaders. An achievement system for the older pupils gives them the opportunity to undertake a range of activities to help them develop new skills, contribute to the school community and take on increasing levels of responsibility.

Through our carefully planned PSHE programme and by embodying our ethos, Weston Green provides an environment for pupils to develop confidence in themselves as learners, equipping them with a wide range of skills and strategies to support them as they grow physically, mentally and emotionally. We also place great emphasis on enabling pupils to become critical and independent thinkers.

A pastoral support counsellor visits the school every Friday morning to provide a listening ear for both pupils and staff, as well as offering individual sessions for pupils if the need arises.

The head of pastoral care oversees this important area of children’s development and is in regular contact with class teachers, pupils and parents as necessary, to support individual circumstances.

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