At Roundwood Park the pastoral system is designed to provide a caring and a disciplined environment to help all students achieve their academic potential and develop as considerate and responsible young people. We take the welfare of each child seriously because we recognise that social and emotional wellbeing are prerequisites for good learning. We make it a priority through our pastoral organisation that each student feels known and cared for.
All our students are members of a tutor group and pastoral care is organised through a year system. We want them to feel very much part of their tutor group, their year group, and the whole school. The Form Tutor oversees the personal and academic welfare of students and is the first point of contact for them and their parents. The work of the tutors is co-ordinated by three Lead Tutors and two Senior Tutors who can deal with more serious issues. Our pastoral assistants make an important contribution to our pastoral provision and the school counsellor is available for confidential consultations. The school nurse is available to support students with confidential health or personal concerns.
We regard Year 7 as a foundation year in which the Form Tutor’s role is to ensure that students settle quickly into their new environment. In Years 7 and 8 the tutors deliver a pastoral programme through a tutorial period once a week. In Years 9 to 11 this is replaced with a Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) course which is taught by a specialist team rather than the tutors. Sex education provides factual information to enable students to develop responsible attitudes towards their own sexuality and towards relationships, and to encourage the development of a moral perspective.
Parents meet their children’s teachers and tutors at Parent Consultation Evenings and Performance Reviews, but are encouraged to contact individual staff if they have particular concerns. A full written report is sent home once a year with a summary progress report at an appropriate time.
The Pastoral System at Roundwood is designed to put the student at the centre and encourage students to thrive in a caring and supportive environment, where partnerships with parents/carers are paramount.