Pastoral

At Scalby School we want every student’s to maximise their full potential, we see a network of pastoral care strategies as being vital to support students and to ensure that any concerns are quickly addressed. All students are given access to a staff mentor on a daily basis. We see good mentoring as a key component to effective pastoral care.

All students are set new and challenging targets based on their achievement at their previous school, these targets are then reviewed six times a year as part of the schools’ Praising Stars Cycle. This allows us create an environment where we can maximise students’ attainment and achievement. Should a students’ progress fall below our expectations, appropriate actions will be discussed with both the student and their parent, to allow the student to get back on track. The Home School Agreement forms a vital part of ensuring students make good progress.

All students are set homework and should record this in their Student Planners. The amount and type will vary with the subjects they are taking. This work is of great importance and must be done fully and regularly. Parents are asked to assist with this by providing a warm, quiet place to study, if at all possible. If your son or daughter has difficulties with homework, please tell their staff mentor so that the matter can be attended to. Parents are asked to check that homework is being completed, and to check and sign their child’s planner on a regular basis.

Pastoral Staff

At Scalby School we offer a variety of care, guidance and support to students beyond the classroom. If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child there are a number of people that you may wish to contact. For any general concerns or information please contact your child’s Mentor in the first instance. There is also a Head of Year attached to your child’s year group whose role it is to oversee any behaviour, attendance or social issues. Subject Heads of Department will have a specific view of your child’s academic performance and progress across all his/her subjects.

The Pastoral Team are:

  • Assistant Head Teacher, Behaviour & Safety – Mrs Garfield
  • Head of Year 7 – Mrs Baggallay
  • Hear of Year 8 – Mrs Cammish
  • Head of Year 9 – Mrs Lee
  • Head of Year 10 – Mr Hutton
  • Head of Year 11 – Mrs Walsh

Social Media, Mobile Phones and E-Bullying

There is increasing concern in schools nationally about incidents of e-bullying via text, email, Facebook etc. Parents are asked to be very vigilant over their son/daughter’s use of such sites. Please note it is now possible to put very tight controls on your Facebook page which blocks access to all but your own “friends”. The protection that school has in place is as follows:

  • School Email – any school emails containing offensive words or phrases are immediately re-directed to the Senior Management Team for appropriate action
  • Mobile phones/MP3 players are not permitted to be used on the school site. If a student does bring a phone/MP3 player into school it must be switched off and in the student’s bag for the duration of the school day. Staff will confiscate any mobile phone that is seen and it will be returned once a parent / carer visits the school reception to collect it.

Home School Agreement

So that your child benefits from the education that Scalby School has to offer it is important to establish a strong working partnership between all those involved.
The partners are:

  • student
  • parent
  • school

Each partner has a vital part to play by being supportive of each other and committed to the success of this partnership.

AS A PARENT I AGREE TO

  • Support the school in seeking high standards of academic attainment, behaviour and dress by supporting the policies outlined in the Prospectus
  • Help my child to work to the best of their ability by showing an interest in schoolwork and in particular Homework
  • Take part in discussing my child’s progress at opportunities that arise throughout the year when invited and, on occasions if I feel it necessary, by contacting the school
  • Keep the school informed of any matters that may affect the progress or attitude of my child
  • Ensure full and regular attendance and punctuality, and contact the school on the first day of any absence giving good reason for the absence, confirmed in writing on return to school

SCALBY SCHOOL AGREES TO

  • Value each student as an individual
  • Create a calm working environment in which success and effort are rewarded
  • Provide National Curriculum courses of study that cater for the needs of each child
  • Seek high academic attainment and the development of the individual to full potential
  • Inform parents at an early stage of any concerns about their child
  • Report to parents six times annually on the progress of their child and invite Parents to a Parents Evening

AS A STUDENT I AGREE TO

  • Work to the best of my ability in all schoolwork and homework
  • Behave in a way that does not disrupt the learning of others by following the school’s behaviour policy
  • Take a pride in my appearance by wearing school uniform
  • Be conscious of the need to create an environment which shows visitors a caring community and respect for school property
  • Care for everyone in school and the wider community by showing respect, tolerance and courtesy

AS A COMMUNITY WE

  • Have the right to be listened to and taken seriously as individuals or representative groups
  • Have the responsibility to respond to the views of others courteously and treat each other with respect and tolerance

Useful Links

NYSCB www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk

NSPCC  www.nspcc.org.uk

CEOP www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Internet Matters www.internetmatters.org/

Parent Zone www.theparentzone.co.uk/parent

Childnet www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents

Parents Protect www.parentsprotect.co.uk

Parent Info on E-Safety http://parentinfo.org

Government Financial Assistance www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/Schoolslearninganddevelopment/YourChildsWelfareAtSchool/index.htm

Mind Ed http://minded.e-lfh.org.uk/families/index.html