St George’s School takes pride in being a happy and caring community in which the welfare of each child comes first and all members are valued and respected. Fundamental to this are the good working relationships built up between our children, staff and parents.
From Kindergarten to Year 5 (ages 3 – 10), pupil development and well-being is closely monitored by the class teacher. In Years 6 – 8 (ages 10 – 13) the Form Tutor meets with pupils on a daily basis.
The House system is made up of four Houses who formally meet every other week, creating opportunities for pupils to mix across a broader age range, become ‘buddies’, take on specific House responsibilities and share personal achievements. The mentoring scheme, in which Year 8 pupils are assigned to specific class groups, affords another level of interaction for these pupils in the process of their social development.
In the Boarding House, pupils are able to discuss a whole range of topics and issues with the House Parents, the Matrons or the Resident Boarding Assistant.
Assemblies and PSHE lessons do much to address some of the complex issues which children face in today’s society and they are encouraged to talk to an adult about anything that may be concerning them.
Everyone at St George’s plays a part in making sure that pupils are supported, listened to and feel valued. Form Tutors, Class Teachers and Heads of House play a significant role in being the key contacts for pupils and parents, allowing issues to be picked up early and dealt with quickly. The Assistant Head Pastoral – Upper School and the Head of Lower School have oversight if issues need to be escalated. Staff meet regularly to share concerns and strategies and issues are dealt with sensitively and consistently.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Safeguarding is a priority at St George’s School and every effort is made to ensure that pupils are provided with a safe and secure learning environment. This means that children are not put in any position where they are vulnerable to abuse or neglect. We have a thorough school safeguarding policy for permanent and temporary staff members, volunteers and all school visitors. If a child is at risk of harm, a referral will be made to Children’s Social Care and the Police.
The safeguarding team are dedicated, approachable and very happy to discuss any concerns with parents or guardians.
The designated lead for child protection is:
Louise Squire – email [email protected] Tel: 01753 836536
The deputy designated leads are:
Emma Adriano – email [email protected] Tel: 01753 836514
Kevin Wills – email [email protected] Tel: 01753 836504
Allison Onions – email [email protected] Tel: 01753 836523
The nominated child protection governor is the Revd Canon Dr Mark Powell
Contact details: email [email protected] Tel: 01753 848709
“The school’s pastoral committee monitors pupils’ well-being extremely well and ensures that pupils receive excellent support to meet their pastoral needs.”
The school has recently implemented a new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) policy, in accordance with statutory Government requirements. The aim of our policy is to ensure that our teaching of RSE benefits the pupil and helps them to build happy and respectful relationships. As part of this process, the school gave a presentation to our parents explaining the changes, these slides can be viewed here.
We welcome your input into how we develop our teaching of RSE and we are very happy to answer any questions.