The Pastoral System

How a child settles into the Academy, feels happy and secure and is encouraged to do well will determine his or her success. With this in mind, we try to provide a holistic approach to student care which supports every student throughout their secondary career. We seek to empower students to be able to make a life for themselves that is fulfilling, enjoyable and responsible.  These aims are central to the Aspirations’ Framework.

There are number of very important people in our pastoral system:

Form Tutor: Every student will meet with their tutor before they join Budmouth and that will stay with them through key Stage 3 and 4. This relationship is vital as it allows the tutor to get to know the student and establish a continuity of care. Each tutor group belongs to one of our 4 ‘Schools within Schools’.  Attenborough, Hawking, Shelley and Turing are vertically arranged and comprise students from Year 7 to 13.

Heads of School: The Head of School leads a team of tutors who, in turn, belong to the subject areas’ associated within that ‘school’.  Every student belongs to one of the four ‘Schools within Schools’.  These provide a basis for students to work together in a number of ways including: School Council, competitions, events, charity fundraising and to take on important student leadership roles associated with this.

Pastoral Support Leaders: Our Pastoral Support Leaders are not members of the teaching staff and they have a dedicated role to help support our students’ social and emotional well-being.  They work closely with students who need additional support and will liaise with Heads of School, Teachers, Senior Leadership Team, outside agencies and, of course, parents.

Student Support Centre:

Our Student Support Centre offers a safe base with a calm, nurturing environment. The team of Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigh, Mrs Wellaway and Mr Roberts are able to offer a range of interventions including ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant), Resilience, Anxiety and Self-Esteem Support, Social Skills and Transition groups. We also use Boxall Profiling to support timetabled, personalised sessions.The emphasis of all interventions is to remove barriers to learning and support young people in achieving their full potential.

Our Student Support Centre has confidential intervention spaces, as well as rooms for group activities and private study, and a comfortable lounge and kitchen area. We offer a Breakfast Club, held before the start of school, allowing students a calm and sociable start to the day and the opportunity to talk to members of the team.

We are a wholly inclusive centre and operate with an open door policy.

School Counsellor: We are fortunate to employ a full time counsellor. Our confidential counselling service can be accessed via self-referral (students over the age of 13 and deemed Gillick Competent) or via referral from members of our pastoral support team.

For further information about Pastoral Care at Budmouth please contact Vice Principal Mr M Hoffmann: mhoffmann@budmouth-aspirations.org.

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