ACADEMIC AND PASTORAL SUPPORT IN KS3 & KS4
The School aims to provide an environment in which students can achieve their full potential and feel happy and safe.
Students are placed into tutor groups and each group is led by a Form Tutor – a member of staff who is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of the students in the form, and for ensuring that they are well cared for. The Tutor Groups meet twice a day and attend assemblies together. Tutor Time activities are wide ranging and include regular academic and pastoral monitoring, one-to-one Tutor discussions, whole-class silent reading, and a variety of other activities to engage the students in thinking about local, national and global issues.
To provide additional support for students, the School has two Student Support Managers:
|Student Support Manager for Key Stage 3||Mrs Claire McClellan (starting shortly)|
|Student Support Manager for Key Stage 4||Mrs A Robinson|
The Student Support Manages are highly experienced, non-teaching professionals whose role it is to support the young people within their key stage and be contactable by parents during the school day. The Student Support Managers play a crucial role in liaising between school and home.
In addition there is a School Counsellor and a number of staff trained in counselling and first aid.
The Learning Centre provides support for students facing barriers to their learning, including those with Special Educational Needs. Teaching Assistants provide additional support for these students within lessons, and at other times.
The structure for the leadership of academic and pastoral support is:
|Head of Year 7 and SENCo||Miss S Parsons|
|Director of Key Stage 3||Mrs A Monk-Peak|
|Director of Key Stage 4||Mr M Beaumont|
|Assistant Headteacher 6th Form||Mr Daniel Polden (starting shortly)|
|Deputy Headteacher – Pastoral||Mr C Wakefield|
There is a regular programme of Parents’ Evenings, interim assessments, and written subject reports to ensure that parents are kept well informed about their son’s academic progress.
Bullying and other forms of negative behaviour are not tolerated at DGSB. Students are always encouraged to come forward with any concerns they have in the secure knowledge they will be listened to and cared for.
To provide support to students on a range of welfare issues, the school has two Student Welfare Officers:
|Student Welfare Officer for Key Stage 3||Mr J Harris|
|Student Welfare Officer for Key Stage 4||Mr G Perrin|
The Student Welfare Officers have a great deal of experience working with students at DGSB. They are non-teaching professionals who are available during the school day to speak to parents and students to support them and discuss with them any concerns that they may have.
The School’s Prefects play an important role in setting an example to younger students and supporting the day-to-day life of the School. They help students in lessons, run competitions, supervise and organise school events, and carry out general duties.
All students follow a Personal, Social and Health Education Programme which is designed to support the students’ development in school and beyond. In Year 7 this programme focuses on many of the issues concerned with moving to a new school.
There are plenty of opportunities for students to develop personal and social skills such as leadership and teamwork through the House Competition. Such opportunities include the traditional Sports Day, spelling bees, public speaking, the School Swimming Gala, and the annual School Charity Days.