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Copleston High School

Pastoral Care and Support

At Copleston, we want to create an outstanding climate for learning.

It is important that our young people feel happy, supported and cared for in order to achieve their best in the classroom.  We believe that our Pastoral system provides the support and guidance that students need from Year 7 right the way through until Year 13.

Our Pastoral team is made up of both teaching and non-teaching staff. Each morning students meet their Form Tutor for registration and it is to this member of staff that students will turn to initially if they have a problem. Ordinarily, a student’s form tutor will stay with them as they progress through the school, building a positive relationship. Form tutors monitor log home learning (Satchel), school uniform and attendance as well as discussing behaviour (both positive and negative) with the members of their form group. Each year group is led by a Leader of Learning, who is assisted by an pastoral worker; in years 9-11 there is also an assistant. leader of learning. The Leader of Learning coordinates the team of form tutors, ensuring that high standards are kept within the year group; they also have an overview of the progress made by all students in the year group. If it is felt that additional support is needed for specific students, this is implemented. 

Students in each year group from Years 7-11 are also supported by Pastoral Support Workers. As Pastoral Support workers do not teach they are able to deal immediately with issues as they arise. They also get to know the students very well and will work with individuals or groups of students who may need additional support at particular times of the day.

Students may also be mentored at various times during their school career in order for them to reach their potential; this may be by older students, their form tutor or members of their Year Team.

A further important part of Pastoral support is the Attendance Team who monitor absence and punctuality. They work closely with all staff to ensure the safety of all students. They also oversee the Sick Bay and will contact home if a student falls in and requires support or collection.  

As well as members of Copleston staff we also have support from external agencies whose staff are specialists in their field. Staff from the Young People's Service offer support to students who need extra support at a specific time in their school career; they also work with the students’ families if it is deemed necessary. 

The school Nurse holds a drop-in once a month during lunchtimes within the school and many students take up this facility.  Appointments can also be made at other times, coordinated again by the Leader of Learning. 

We also provide a counselling service on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Our counsellor takes referrals from students and their parents as well as members of the pastoral team. Counselling is completely confidential, meaning that information is not disclosed to staff, family members or friends. There are rare occasions when the counsellor may need to disclose confidential information to others; this is when there might be a threat of harm to a student or others. Our Wellbeing Consultant, with over 20 years’ experience in Mental Health nursing, is on site on Mondays she Thursdays. She works with pastoral staff, our Counsellor and our primary Mental Health Worker to ensure that students receive the wellbeing support that they need.

Mr Palmer (Assistant Principal) is the designated member of staff in charge of Safeguarding and coordinates the pastoral system and oversees KS3.

Dr Walker (Assistant Principal) oversees pastoral care in KS4 and is the Leader of Learning for year 11. 

Mr Leach (Assistant Principal) oversees the Sixth Form.