When students come to Northease, they may have had a difficult experience at their previous school. They will need time to readjust, rebuild their self esteem and start afresh.
Here at Northease, our pastoral support scheme encompasses both the school day and boarding. There is a real emphasis on the tutor and the houseparents to ensure that the personal and social wellbeing of every student is met. However, all educational, boarding and therapeutic staff pride themselves on building strong relationships with our students. This helps to create a caring, positive and trusting environment for all.
We ensure there is regular contact between home and school to monitor and support the young people in our care. By doing this we can keep parents informed about both the formal and personal, progress and achievements. By working together the children here get the very best guidance and security in all aspects of their lives.
What are our aims?
1. To enable each pupil to fulfil their own potential both academically and socially.
2. To ensure that each pupil has access to Personal, Therapeutic, Vocational and Academic guidance and support where necessary.
3. To provide opportunities for and encourage pupils to exercise individual and social responsibility.
4. To promote in pupils the self-awareness and self-confidence that they need to face the challenges, both academic and personal, that are placed on them.
5. To establish and maintain an appropriate relationship with every parent, so that together we can help to prepare the pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
6. To create a caring environment where pupils are valued for who they are, not just for what they can do.
Who is involved?
All our staff contribute to the pastoral care of our students, in particular our Headteacher and the Senior Leadership team, our therapists, teachers, form tutors and houseparents. The way we treat, talk to, interact with and indeed teach pupils will all contribute to the quality of our pastoral care.
We meet regularly to discuss the care of our students, and work together to resolve any issues along the way.
The impact of Pastoral Care?
As our students settle into life at Northease, it becomes obvious just what a positive experience being in the right school can be. Students find it easier to manage socially and academically. Their self esteem is restored which leads to their behaviour improving. They begin to make friends and gradually their academic performance gets better – they feel better about themselves, they become motivated and start working towards achieving positive goals.