Buxlow Pastoral Care
The Buxlow School philosophy is to enable our pupils to develop self-esteem, confidence, independence and a sense of responsibility. It places key emphasis on the pastoral care of its pupils, staff and parents. Our pupils are encouraged to behave in a responsible manner, showing respect to selves and others, courtesy and consideration at all times. Our children are also encouraged to respect the views of others and to obey the golden rules which are drawn up to ensure the good behaviour, safety and wellbeing of the pupils and the smooth running of the School.
Buxlow staff set, expect and gain high standards of behaviour from their children. In this supportive environment the learning process continues and good work habits and skills begin to develop. All children agree to abide by the Buxlow Code of Conduct, based upon the Golden Rules, to ensure that all receive the best possible education in an optimal learning environment. Children are rewarded for excellence in behaviour as well as academic, cultural and sporting successes.
Our Understanding of Pastoral Care
- Pastoral Support – This is individual work with pupils who are having problems be they of an academic, vocational, social, emotional or behavioural nature.
- Pastoral Curriculum – This includes both the ‘hidden curriculum’ that is the ethos of the school, the day to day relationships between staff and pupils, the value system of a school, the opportunities for moral, spiritual, social and cultural development as well as the more formal and overt pastoral curriculum, which would include, though not be limited to, the PSHEE work whether done by teachers or by subject specialists.
- Pastoral Control – That is the discipline system in the school that would include the giving of sanctions but is a much wider concept than that. Good discipline which is consistent, which affirms the pupils’ value, which builds rather than crushes. Which encourages individuality rather than dull conformity, but all within an orderly environment, it is an essential ingredient of effective pastoral care.
Our Pastoral Aims
- To enable each pupil to fulfil their own potential both academically and socially.
- To ensure that each pupil has access to personal, vocational and academic guidance and support where necessary.
- To provide opportunities for and encourage pupils to exercise individual and social responsibility.
- To promote the self-awareness and self-confidence in Pupils, that they need to face the challenges, both academic and personal.
- To establish and maintain an appropriate relationship with every parent, so that together we can help to prepare the pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
- To create a caring environment where pupils are valued for who they are, not just for what they can do.
Responsibility for Pastoral Care
It cannot be over-stressed that the pastoral care of all our pupils is the responsibility of the whole community. The way we treat, talk to, interact with and indeed teach pupils will all contribute to the quality of our pastoral care. However, the main focus for Pastoral Care for particular pupils will be their Class Teacher, to whom all issues regarding a pupil should be directed in the first instance.