“Love your neighbour” Matthew 22.39
We believe that to learn well, children must first feel happy and secure in their environment. Our Christian ethos underpins our approach to pastoral care, with values that benefit children and families of all faiths or none. Our assemblies include opportunities for children and adults to find quiet space to think deeply and the children enjoy yoga sessions to calm their bodies and minds.
“Treat others just as you want to be treated” Luke 6.31
We encourage every child to play an active part in the pastoral care of their schoolmates.
Our pupils enjoy giving time, friendship and service to each other. It makes them feel capable, proud and confident. Year 6 children are each paired with a ‘little friend’ from our Reception classes, who they support and look out for as they settle into school. Children from all year groups are able to mix and play together in the playground. Younger children feel secure and learn from their big friends: older children develop valuable nurturing and teaching skills. The children have a wide choice of activities to engage in in the playground – so although we have a ‘friendship bench’ for any child who can’t find someone to play with, it is usually empty as the children play happily together.
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you” Isaiah 43.2
For children experiencing difficult times, whether it’s the death of a pet, ill-health, family or friendship issues, our Sunshine Room is a special place where they are encouraged to process life’s hurdles through therapeutic play. And our Mirror Garden is a tranquil haven for children who want quiet, reflective, calm time.
Our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and Pastoral Care team are always on hand to support children who are troubled by an ongoing issue.