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pastoral care at windsor high school and sixth form

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is the foundation of our success.

Our school provides a positive and purposeful atmosphere and an ideal learning environment for students. Ofsted recognised this during our last inspection, commenting: 

"There is a calm and purposeful ethos around the school which is conducive to a good learning environment in the classroom. Students maintain very high standards of behaviour and positive attitudes to their work.

 

The behaviour of students is a strength of the school. They conduct themselves well around the school, and the vast majority have positive attitudes to learning. They thrive on additional responsibilities and the array of extracurricular clubs on offer.”

Students highly value our positive learning environment and pastoral care, as shown in our Ofsted report where 'students were highly positive about the school and said there is very little they would change.'

Promoting Excellence for All and removing barriers to learning

Our pastoral care system supports and promotes the shared values and aims of 'Excellence for All’ It is an integral part of the life of the school, underpinning the academic work of the school, and working tirelessly to remove barriers to learning. 

Our committed team of professionals in school work closely with all stakeholders and external agencies to ensure students can fulfil their academic potential whilst also flourishing as well rounded individuals. 

The Windsor Way promotes the shared values of respect and responsibility and is vibrant across our school community. We embrace equality and diversity across the school with British Values celebrated every day (as set out in our Promoting Life in Modern Britain policy). 

Safeguarding and child protection are central to the pastoral system as we believe only safe and happy students will truly fulfil their potential. 

Pastoral structure

Our pastoral structure is based on vertical house teams led by a Head of House. Each House consists of two tutor groups from each year group. The Head of House leads half-termly meetings with House Tutors to share good pastoral practice. There are regular House Assemblies which focus on raising aspirations and developing emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. 

Pastoral Managers support the five Heads of House, and we have experienced members of staff who have a responsibility to support vulnerable students.

The vertical organisation of the Houses is a real strength. It provides the Head of House with a whole school role and shares responsibility at crucial times such as Options in Year 9. The benefits of older students working with younger students and mixed age assemblies are enormous in promoting cohesion and unity across the school.

Head of House responsibilities

Leading their team in the pursuit of excellence, the Head of House strives to:

  • empower students with the necessary skills, experiences, knowledge and attitudes that are required for work and leisure in a rapidly developing society. Ensuring that students become active, confident and responsible members of the community
  • lead their team in maintaining high standards of attendance and behaviour and in maintaining an orderly atmosphere that supports the ethos of the school
  • provide an atmosphere in which all students are confident that they are safe, valued and respected
  • enable students to achieve their true academic potential by supporting the academic curriculum and the work of the Faculty and Curriculum Leaders
  • encourage students to respect others and the school environment
  • encourage students to be responsible members of the school community
  • strengthen the links between parent/carer and the school, recognising that education is a shared task involving students, home and the school.

Extra-curricular House Activities

We have a thriving and exciting house activity programme with all students encouraged to take part in at least one activity. This programme makes a considerable contribution to the positive ethos of the school. 

The Heads of House are actively involved contributing to the range of activities on offer and supporting students as they participate in the House Activity programme. There is a wide range of sporting and non-sport related competitions. 

House Seniors are Year 10 students who, after a training programme, assist in the organisation and delivery of these events and have a responsibility to organise teams for the various competitions.

Leadership

Windsor recognises the importance of student voice and leadership. Our students have numerous opportunities throughout their school life to take on a variety of leadership roles which help shape and guide all we do in the pursuit of excellence for all.