Pastoral Care

Clifton High School is renowned for its outstanding pastoral care. Underpinning all we do at Clifton High is the care with which we guide and support all our children. 

 

 

Nursery School

There is a qualified teacher and a teaching assistant with a nursery nurse qualification. Class sizes are small to allow teachers and teaching assistants to know the children well and devote more time to each individual child. Each child is allocated a key person who is responsible for their emotional, social and physical development. 

It is central to a child's well-being and development that they are happy and feel safe, secure and supported. Our teachers and teaching assistants ensure that each child feels a valued member of the class and year group so that a strong self-image and self-esteem are promoted. Each child’s key person tracks and monitors their development and follows their interests so that relevant activities can be planned. 

The achievements of our girls and boys are celebrated and their progress is closely monitored; development, and speech and language skills are tracked on an ongoing basis so that any need for special provision is quickly identified. We work closely with parents to establish the level of need for each individual child and then agree how this is best provided and funded. Our Enhanced Learning Department can provide an additional level of support where staff have created bespoke programmes suitable for the needs of younger children. 

Teachers and teaching assistants work closely with parents in an atmosphere of mutual respect providing each child with security, confidence and high-quality care. 

Infant School

There are two or three classes in each year. Reception and Year 1 classes have a qualified teacher and a teaching assistant. In Year 2, each class is taught by a qualified teacher and qualified teaching assistants support classes. Class sizes are small and allow staff to know the children well and to devote more time to each individual child. 

Excellent pastoral care makes a significant difference to a child's wellbeing and development and it is important that children feel safe, secure and supported. The teachers and teaching assistants ensure that each child feels a valued member of the school community so that a strong self-image and self-esteem are promoted. 

At playtimes and lunchtimes, we have a high level of adult supervision and our Year 2 playground buddies are always on hand to support any child who is feeling lonely or anxious. 

Children's achievements are celebrated and their progress is closely monitored so that any need for special provision is quickly identified. Our Enhanced Learning Department provides additional support for the boys and girls. 

Teachers and teaching assistants work closely with parents in an atmosphere of mutual respect; written reports and parent/teacher meetings provide opportunities to report on academic progress and social development. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment to meet the class teacher to discuss any aspect of their child's wellbeing and teachers will contact parents should they have any issues they wish to raise. 

We are proud of the pastoral care provided for our boys and girls at Clifton High School; we believe it is second to none. 

 

 

 

Junior School

In Years 2 - 6, each class has two elected Student Council members who ensure the pupil voice is heard. We also operate a buddy system for children in Reception through to Year 6; each child has an older buddy from another year group with whom they can talk about daily routines and their learning experiences, ask questions and build a friendship. 

Clifton High School children benefit from the excellent working relationships and partnerships that are established with parents. This common understanding of working together is central in the successful education and pastoral care of our children and young people. Teachers work closely with parents in an atmosphere of mutual respect, written reports and parent/teacher meetings provide opportunities to report on academic progress and social development. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment to meet the class teacher to discuss any aspect of their child's well-being and teachers will contact parents should they have any issues they wish to raise. 

We are very proud of the pastoral care provided for our boys and girls at Clifton High School, we believe it is second to none. 

Senior School 

Clifton High School has always been recognised for the level of pastoral care that members of staff provide for their pupils. The approach is pupil-centred, and staff work to ensure that they know each boy and girl well in order to tailor the support and guidance needed. Transition to Senior School is a significant period of adjustment for a pupil in terms of the expectations set and in the changes that take place for an adolescent as he or she navigates towards adulthood. 

In order to facilitate this period of change, the Senior School provides additional pastoral support. This offering is unique to Clifton High as each form has two members of teaching staff, form tutors, who work with the boys and girls in the group. Each form tutor typically has ten pupils to work with, monitor academic progress, oversee pastoral support and encourage. The form tutor is the first point of contact for both the pupil and the parents so that a three-way partnership of communication is established. Although the pupil will see his or her tutor on a daily basis, there is also a designated form tutor period held fortnightly. 

During this time together, pupil and tutor are able to discuss academic progress, wellbeing and any concerns a pupil might have, as well as interests and level of participation in the wealth of extra-curricular activities available. Tutors have experience and skill and are able to wear numerous hats be it as a listening ear or a voice of reason or correction. Tutors are supported in these roles by Senior members of staff who oversee the three quite distinct year-group phases from Years 7 to 9, and Years 10 and 11 through to Sixth Form