Pastoral Care of our pupils is at the very heart of all that we do here at Holland House School. We treat each and every child as a unique and special individual and do all in our power to bring each one to their fullest potential. To achieve their best, educationally, socially and emotionally.
All Staff here at Holland House School take an active role in the pastoral care of each child. The Headmistress, Deputy Head (Pastoral), Designated Safeguarding Lead and School First Aider take a lead role, making up the Pastoral Support Team.
The aims of pastoral support at Holland House School:
- To provide support that meets the differing needs of all children so that each child is equipped with the skills to cope with life.
- To support children to address social, mental, emotional and physical needs.
- To maintain an atmosphere in which children feel secure, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development and know that they are valued within a healthy and safe environment.
- To reassure parents/carers their children are being educated in a safe and nurturing environment.
- To encourage pupils to recognise and reflect upon our core values (Friendship, Kindness and Compassion).
- To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the continuity and progress of individual pupils.
The role of the Pastoral Support Team:
- To support and work alongside parents in addressing pastoral concerns impacting on their child’s learning and development.
- To work with staff in ensuring good pupil support and build upon the caring and respectful relationships that exist between staff, pupils and families.
- To provide mentoring to support individual children; listening and talking to children who may need support in a variety of pastoral issues, for example, self-esteem and confidence, bereavement, managing feelings, anxieties/worries, separation and developing social and friendships skills.
- Responding to situations as they arise within school.
- Meeting with parents/carers to discuss issues relating to their child.
- To ‘signpost’ families to outside services for appropriate provision and support.