How do we cater for pastoral needs in KS4?
Students at Key Stage 4 are guided by their tutors in terms of supporting them through the next stage of the journey. Option choices are discussed regularly and a lot of care is given in order to help students through their controlled assessments and examinations.
Students follow the Empowering Young People (EYP) course written by our Careers and Personal Development Officer, Jane Mackay. This course is a resilience based programme and tutors will set aside one tutor group session a week to follow the course.
Further activities in tutor time include quizzes, debates and form competitions such as inter-form sports competitions and Christmas decoration of the classroom. These are examples of activities designed to help the students mix and feel a part of the tutor group. A tutor group in KS4 is nominated by the midday supervisor, Mrs Tracy Robinson, each term for the tidiest and most polite tutor group. Their prize is a pizza party organised by the canteen.
Many tutors, at all Key Stages, meet with students in smaller groups and all students in Year 10 meet with a member of staff to discuss how they are settling into their GCSE options early in the year.
PSD lessons tackle certain issues appropriate to each age group. Further information can be found about this on the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum part of the website menu.Click here to view the PSHE and Citizenship page.
All students through their tutor groups are encouraged to partake in at least one charity event a year. The school chooses a number of charities every year and in the summer term, representatives from the charities receive a cheque for the amount raised by the school. Students are immensely keen and proud to be involved in these events and staff are often involved as they draw in the crowds!
These charity events encourage students to be more empathetic.
This was launched last year and aimed to tackle small anxieties and concerns which may be bothering the younger students. It has succeeded in helping students write about niggles or small worries which may have otherwise magnified into larger issues. Several older students volunteered to be confidential receivers of emails and were trained in school in how to respond to such emails. All emails are overseen by Mrs Timperley who steps in to advise when necessary, and alerts the school counsellor or nurse if necessary.
Many of the older girls in Year 11 want to help others who are concerned about school life or friendships – these are the peer support prefects. They have volunteered to drop into tutor groups to discuss anything which may be awkward with their peers or tutors. They frequently discuss how to approach students with Carolyn Stammers, our Pastoral Deputy Head, or Head of Lower School – Helen Timperley.
We have four senior link prefects who are keen to support students with any issues including bullying and are involved in the delivery of the ZT campaign with its zero tolerance of homophobic bullying.
We also have academic mentors who have volunteered to help students in each subject offered at South Wilts or with general organisation. They have referral forms in the LRC which can be filled in by students and posted in a box in the LRC.
Careers and post 16 choices
All year 11 students are given the opportunity of a 1:1 session with Jane Mackay, our Careers and Personal Development Officer, before choosing their Post 16 courses. They are also given the opportunity to take part in a ‘mock interview’ as well as been given information on producing a CV. Year 10 students take part in a week long work experience where the students are able to develop their social and personal skills with the opportunity to be introduced to the world of work.