Pastoral care involves supporting all our girls to enable them to reach their potential.
Our pastoral team consists of Head of Years, a Pastoral Support Officer and Matron. Caroline Russell, Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead, and responsible for Looked After Children, has overall responsibility. Matron, Fiona Leith, is Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy staff member responsible for Looked After Children. Nicola Renyard, Assistant Head of Learning and Sixth Form and Edward Walter, Assistant Head are also a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Head of Years co-ordinate the pastoral work with individual form teachers and meet regularly with the Deputy Head to evaluate girls’ progress, support individuals, and discuss any causes for concern. The school is organised on a form basis with form teachers responsible for the day to day care of girls. All staff are responsible for Safeguarding and the wellbeing of the girls.
Miss Rachel Gibson is Head of Year 7 and deals with all matters relating to transition and continuing care of new Year 7 girls.
Mrs Jordana Barnett is Head of Years 8 and 9, while Mrs Emma McLeod is Head of Years 10 and 11. They both co-ordinate PSHE and pastoral care for their Year groups and put in place individual interventions or mentoring as required. They also work closely to ensure a smooth transition is made from Key Stage 3 to 4 and then the Sixth Form.
Mrs Nicola Renyard (Assistant Head and Director of Sixth Form), Mrs Bal Randhawa and Mrs Liz King (Deputy Directors of Sixth Form) lead the Sixth Form Pastoral team. Girls are mixed into vertical forms with both Year 12 and 13 students working together. This not only helps support the transition into the Sixth Form, but also allows the girls to discuss and share their experiences about Sixth Form study and UCAS.
Fiona Leith ‘Matron’ provides both medical cover, and offers a wide range of pastoral support to girls and initial approachable point of contact for those feeling a little low.
Tori Payne our Student Support Officer works with the Head of Years and with individual students to support and mentor them, as well as being another point of contact for girls with day to day issues.
However, it’s not just staff who are involved in pastoral care. We promote an ethos among our students to take on roles of responsibility and support each another. They are encouraged to inform staff if they have a concern or are worried about another student.
Many girls in Year 10 choose to become Befrienders. Each form in Years 7 and 8 has four Befrienders who visit regularly to offer a friendly face to the younger pupils. Joining secondary school can be a difficult adjustment, and girls are often more ready to talk about these issues with fellow students who have been through the same experience only a few years ago. Every class from Years 7 to 11 also has a Form Prefect who meets with them once a week and is available to discuss any problems or questions that the girls have.
Counselling is a safe, supportive environment in which girls can talk about anything that is worrying them. The Counsellors provide girls with support, to help them find solutions to their problems, and to encourage them to become more self-aware and confident. Sessions are non-judgmental and confidential, unless something leads her to believe that there a Safeguarding concern. In this case, the concern would be passed on to the Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Russell.
As part of their pastoral development, each form has a timetabled PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) session in Period F. A programme of age appropriate study is followed. These aim to give girls the opportunity to explore and discuss a wide range of complex issues and moral dilemmas they will face in society both in and outside school, providing them with both information, advice and a moral compass. Topics discussed include personal and social relationships, managing friendships, sex and relationships, substance misuse including alcohol, drugs and tobacco, keeping safe such as e-safety, bullying, road safety, and also Citizenship including Radicalisation, Prevent, racism and other equality issues. Other skills developed include study and thinking skills, personal effectiveness, careers, resilience, mental health support such as mindfulness and wellbeing.
Parents are encouraged to contact the school with concerns and speak to the appropriate Head of Year. In the case of short-term illness, Matron should be telephoned on the first day of absence, and an absence note given to her Form Tutor on her return.
Dr Challoner’s High School is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff. At Dr Challoner's High School we raise awareness of child protection issues including radicalisation, to equip staff and children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
All concerns are passed to the Designated Safeguarding Lead in compliance with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and our Safeguarding Policy. At Dr Challoner's High School we practice safer recruitment practices and ensure that successful applicants are subject to safeguarding checks.
If you have any Safeguarding concerns about your daughter or any other student at Dr Challoner's High School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead. For all other pastoral concerns or advice please contact your daughter’s Head of Year via the school office. Please click here to read our full Safeguarding Statement (234kb)