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We want our girls to be as happy as they can be and we want to make sure any pastoral problems are sorted out immediately. We know that children who are happy at school are far more likely to do well. This is why we attach so much importance to their pastoral care.
At Bute House, each individual child matters, and we take the responsibility of caring for all our children extremely seriously. We firmly believe that a happy child is a productive one and as such we work tirelessly to ensure that there is a nurturing atmosphere in which each child feels secure, happy and positively engaged with the world about them.
In the first instance, children or parents should contact their child’s Class Teacher but the Assistant Head (Pastoral Care) will be available if necessary.
In school, we take very seriously our pastoral responsibilities in safe-guarding the children in our care. Children are reminded of the key staff members in school to whom they can go if they need someone to talk to. Mrs Claire Fildes is our Designated Safeguarding Person for Child Protection and Miss Rusholme is her Deputy.
Our School Council plays an active and integral part in our pastoral care activities. The council comprises one member from each Year 6 class. They are voted onto the council for a term at a time. The School Council meets every half term to discuss issues that affect the pupils and the life of the school. The School Council provides the pupils with a voice and with the opportunity to take responsibility and to contribute to decisions about aspects of school life that directly affect pupils. Recommendations and ideas from the council are fed by our Deputy Head (who sits on the Council) to the Head.
In Year 6, as well as having a form teacher the girls’ are allocated a tutor. Each tutor will have approximately four girls as their tutees. The tutors prepare the girls for their interviews. Throughout the year, Year 6 pupils need support and guidance. They might well seek out their tutor to discuss social issues.