The Pastoral System

Our pastoral system uses the traditional horizontal system where students are placed in tutor groups with students from the same year group. The size of the cohort will determine how many tutor groups there are in each year group.

The system allows students to benefit from sharing experiences with children of their own age with age specific tutor time. Students will have a tutor who will move through the years with their tutor group, watching them grow and progress together. Strong relationships can be formed between students, parents/carers and tutors.

Tutors take pride in their role and strive for the highest possible standards with their tutor group. They will support students in ensuring that they are familiar with school rules and responsibilities.

Each year group is cared for by a Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year who support the tutor teams and ensure consistency, whilst having an overview of all aspects of pastoral care across the year group.

Students will also be assigned to a House; Ireland, Priestley, Tyldesley or Warburton. There is a strong House identity in the school and students will have the opportunity to represent their House during key events and competitions during the year.

There are a number of other members of staff who will support the pastoral team. These include the Attendance Officer, Safeguarding Officer, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Worker and Lead Support and Therapeutic Manager.

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Pastoral Team

The Pastoral team plays a key role in supporting the whole child. The Pastoral team includes:

  • Assistant Headteacher for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
  • Head of Year
  • Assistant Head of Year.

In addition to this we also have a:

  • Behaviour and Therapeutic Lead
  • Safeguarding Officer
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing Worker
  • Attendance Officer.

The Pastoral Team are suitably trained in dealing with a range of mental health and wellbeing issues. They are also the driving force around the work we do towards anti-bullying. The school invests heavily in this area to ensure that we strive to meet the needs of all students ‘in-house’ with the understanding that, due to high number of referrals to outside agencies, access to appropriate support can often be lengthy process

The Pastoral team are able to signpost students to the appropriate in-school support and self-help resources, including Kooth and Happy OK Sad, in addition to the work carried out by form tutors and work carried out within the assembly schedule.

Safeguarding Officer

Our full-time Safeguarding Officer adopts a range of strategies to ensure the safeguarding of all students. We know that our vulnerable students are at high risk of suffering from mental health problems and their safety and wellbeing is our number one priority. Examples of the work carried out by our Safeguarding Officer includes:

  • Liaising with Social Care
  • Completion of Early Help Assessments
  • Attendance and contributions at Child Protection Conferences, Core Group meetings, Child in Need meetings
  • Completion of Early Help Assessment and referrals to the Family Outreach Team for support with the aim of supporting identified families
  • Leading on the care, guidance and the educational plans for our Children in Care
  • Planning and delivering of a Mental Health Awareness day.

Anti-Bullying

Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. Bullying can take many forms:

  • Physical – e.g. assaulting a person or property
  • Verbal – e.g. name-calling or teasing
  • Indirect – e.g. damaging the reputation of the character of the victim or socially excluding them from games or conversation
  • Cyber-bullying – e.g. using technology, particularly mobile phones and the internet, deliberately to upset someone else
  • Social media or gaming – this could include videos, images or various communication streams
  • Disability related – name calling, using gestures, tormenting, threatening, because of, or focusing on, the issue of disability or special need.

We will not tolerate bullying of any kind and will aim to deal with it quickly and effectively if it occurs. Our school strives to create an environment where children feel safe and supported.

The school aims to:

  • Reduce and prevent bullying behaviour in school.
  • Deal effectively with incidents of bullying.
  • Support victims of bullying and educate the perpetrator.
  • Ensure proportionate sanctions and support is in place for bullies.
  • Promote tolerance and fairness.
  • Ensure all students are safe in school.

Students can report any bullying incidents to any member of staff.

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School recognises that serious bullying can also occur as a one off incident as well as repeated over time. Bullying incidents are sometimes complex issues which require full investigation of root causes in each instance.

Mental Health

Future in Mind Pledge 

Future in mind – promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing’.

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School is a pledge school within Warrington following the publication of the Future in Mind document by the Department for Health.

As a pledge school we will strive to ensure that all students feel that our school deals suitably and consistently with issues which concern them, as well as feeling that they are guided towards appropriate and effective support when required, through our mission statement ‘Through God, We Care’.

We aim to:

  • Remove the stigma relating to mental illness
  • Give better access to services which can help students
  • Support with the setting up ‘one stop shop’ support services in the community.

This can be achieved through better working between schools, the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services and other local services. We will:

  • Inform students about all school policies relating to Mental Health
  • Put in place more methods of ‘early help’ and continue to promote and signpost to available support services via clear, designated areas
  • Ensure that every student is treated consistently – with the knowledge that each case is different
  • Build in extra support where necessary and ensure that students are informed of next steps when passing on information
  • Give staff the opportunity to access training and support needed to help students when they have an issue relating to mental health.

The Boteler Support Base (BSB)

The BSB plays a key part within the school behaviour policy. Where poor behaviour in a student is a symptom of early-life trauma or a set of circumstances out of the control of the young person, there is an opportunity to refer them for therapy sessions with the Behaviour and Therapeutic Lead. Therapy can take many forms and there are no rules to say how the students will respond. We adopt a range of approaches that will support behaviour and mental health of the individual:

  • Exploring what ‘good’ and ‘appropriate’ relationships look like with others
  • Exploring the impact of abuse, deprivation, and adverse childhood experiences
  • Exploring how to rebuild trust
  • Helping the students to process their feelings rather than unconsciously act them out, discharge them, or defend against them
  • Strategies around attachment for emotionally wounded students
  • To support challenging students to expand their behavioural options, develop new and healthier patterns of relating, solve conflicts peacefully, return to a more flexible way of living, and become successful learners.

Relaxation sessions

Bespoke relaxation sessions take place (a member of staff in one day a week) and students look at strategies for relaxation and their impact on calmness, worries, anxiety, confidence, creativity, concentration and emotional stability.

CAMHS Link

Through our status as a pledge school, we have a CAMHS professional linked to our school. This significantly helps with the referral process for individuals and expert guidance during the process. Our link offers supervision sessions and is part of a half termly consultation regarding mental health and wellbeing. As well as a regular presence in school, our link supports with bespoke sessions to address some key issues that young people face and expert support and guidance for vulnerable/high risk students.

At any time, school or parents can contact the CART (CAMHS Assessment and Response Team) for advice and guidance 01925 579405.

School Nurse

The School Nurse service supports our school’s vision in making mental and emotional wellbeing support as accessible as possible to all students, in line with the Future in Mind document. The role of our allocated School Nurse entails carrying out a weekly drop-in session at school, offering holistic wellbeing advice, support and guidance for students. She is a trained paediatric nurse, with extensive experience of child and adolescent mental health, having worked for several years within CAMHS as a staff nurse, prior to training as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nurse). She has also undertaken self-harm awareness, eating disorder training and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training, which is utilised at the drop-in session. Students are supported in a wide range of health issues; physical, mental and social issues. This includes supporting students with low-level mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. The School Nurse works closely with the school’s Pastoral Team, the Emotional Wellbeing Worker, the school’s allocated CAMHS Link and the Special Education Needs Coordinator, who are all able to refer students to the service to be seen at the drop-in. Frequent health promotion in relation to mental health awareness takes place and our Nurse participated in the Mental Health Day at the school, covering the issue of Holistic Health, to help students appreciate the importance of holistic wellbeing, promoting healthy lifestyle choices in order to look after both physical and mental health.

Advice and guidance can also take place in relation to the following areas:

  • Immunisations
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Health
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Weight management
  • Smoking

Medication                                                

We are not able to provide students with pain relief (paracetamol, ibuprofen, antihistamines etc). Any regular medications may be passed to key members of staff who will support your child; they must be in the original packaging with your child’s name on.

School Health Champions

The school adopts an Ambassador programme and within this we have trained up students as School Health Champions. They have gained a Level 2 qualification from the Royal Society for Public Health and support a range of health initiatives, including those addressing mental health.

Your Child’s Safety

We pride ourselves on creating a safe and nurturing environment where student wellbeing is at the centre of everything we do.

Safeguarding

Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to secure the safety of its students. Where there is reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Child Protection Procedures and inform Social Services of their concern.  

 

    

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School by STB