Good pastoral care, like good parenting, is about knowing when to hold a child’s hand and when to let go. At Ashbrooke House School & Pre-School we are very conscious of the responsibility we have in raising children.
Children require structure, boundaries and parameters that give them the security and comfort to live their lives. Pastoral care is there to give clarity to what is expected, to guide children when they need help and to discipline when required.
All children have a Class Teacher, who is responsible for delivering the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) scheme of work, as well as being the first port of call when dealing with any other matters. As children move up the school, not only do they turn to their Class Teacher in times of need, but all other members of staff are on hand to help. Children are encouraged to speak to those staff with whom they are most comfortable.
Our House system supports a vertical pastoral system. Children in Reception Class to Class 6 are allocated a House. This serves to generate a healthy competitiveness throughout the school, and also encourages the children to socialise across the age range. It is not uncommon to see a five year old and an eleven year old working together towards the success of a House team.
Pastoral responsibilities do not start and end with the staff. Senior children take the lead in exercising responsibility for ‘looking after’ the younger children. Class 5 and 6 children in particular spend time during breaks playing with the younger children as well as at whole school events. There are elected Prefects who hold positions of responsibility, taking part in assemblies, prize giving ceremonies and other functions.
All these things create a supportive environment where we all feel part of the Ashbrooke House family.