‘Beginning in the EYFS and continuing throughout the school there is very strong pastoral support for all the pupils. The school tutors, teachers, boarding staff and medical centre team provide an environment where pupils feel valued and supported. All pupils know who to talk to should they need help or guidance. The welfare and health and safety of the pupils is of extremely high quality.’
ISI inspection 2014
Each child has a personal Tutor who is responsible for monitoring academic progress, seeing that out of class hours are spent profitably and productively and generally being a first port of call when life doesn’t always go according to plan! For the younger children, up to and including Year 5, this will be their class teacher.
Beyond Year 5 the pupils are assigned to a Tutor Group, consisting of six or seven children from Years 6 – 8, under the guidance of a member of staff. They will remain in this group until it is time to move on to their Senior Schools. It has been found that the children enjoy the continuity which this system affords and also benefit from their contact with pupils of different ages. As for the Tutors, they are able to build up a genuine rapport with their students over the three years in which they are in their charge.
The organogram below highlights the key personnel in the pastoral care at Sandroyd. Whilst ultimately every member of staff is involved in pastoral care, the tutor or houseparent tend to be the first point of call. They report to Mr Cartwright, the Head of Pastoral care. If there is a serious pastoral care issue, then this will be overseen by one of Mr Cartwright, Mr Webster or Mrs Speers who depending on the unique circumstances will then work with parents, children and staff to work together to resolve issues. The pastoral structure is supported by the medical team and safeguarding team when appropriate. Sandroyd has a school counsellor and also works with external agencies to ensure we meet all the pastoral needs of the children.
Wellbeing at Sandroyd
We realise that a child’s mental health and wellbeing has a huge impact on their ability to learn and achieve. Wellbeing is an area of pastoral care that we take very seriously at Sandroyd and we have a full programme in place that aims to develop wellbeing, resilience and positive mental health for both staff and pupils. We are continually looking to improve this programme. Our mental health programme has input from a number of areas of the school, but is ultimately overseen by the Headmaster and Simon Barber our Boarding and Safeguarding Governor.
At the very backbone of our mental health education is a healthy, positive environment, a nutritious diet, plenty of exercise and fresh air for all pupils. This is combined with a balanced curriculum that provides many opportunities for children to take controlled risks, to learn from mistakes and to gain support from each other as well as excellent role models. Every child has 40 minutes ‘rest’ after lunch during a normal school day which allows time for reflection.
We deliver our mental health programme through a variety of means. These range from formal PSHCE lessons, informal tutorials, one on one advice, school assemblies, peer mentoring, coaching, lectures and workshops delivered by professionals as well as appropriate intervention where required. The programme is both proactive and reactive.In 2018 we have introduced parent talks in mental health delivered by Dr Maryhan Baker, Dr Aric Sigman and Natasha Devon.
Communal worship also plays an important part in the life of the School with the Christian ethos underpinning the key values which are at the heart of the School and which we encourage the children to live by. The pupils take an active role in morning assemblies with each Tutor Group taking it in turns to lead the worship on a Saturday. Matins is held on a Sunday and visiting speakers are invited to join us and enrich the children’s experience. Parents are more than welcome to join the School for these Sunday services.
Although all the pupils are required to follow the School’s religious routine, provision is made for children of all faiths to attend other places of worship. For example, we have many Roman Catholics among our boarding students and they have the opportunity to go to a local Convent for Mass on a Sunday.
The daily round of life at school can be both busy and even hectic on occasions. The peaceful calm of the School Chapel can be a good place just to sit down and draw breath from time to time.