Pastoral Care & Safeguarding
Infant & Junior Pastoral Care
Lady Barn provides a warm, caring, supportive family environment in which our aim is to take care of every individual child and to nurture confidence and self esteem. An effective system of pastoral care is integral to this aim. The form teacher plays a key role and is the first port of call for information, guidance and help with any issues that may arise.
A very effective programme of Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education gives form teachers the opportunity to build close relationships with the children in their class. Form teachers work closely with children and their parents, the aim being to deal with issues quickly and sensitively. Parents are encouraged to contact the form teacher if they have any questions or concerns.
The School is divided into four departments, Early Years, Infants, Lower Juniors and Upper Juniors, each of which is led by a Head of Department, who co-ordinates the work of the form teachers and deals with more serious issues. The senior management team are always on hand if needed. We have two School Nurses, one of whom is in school every day to look after children who are ill and to dispense medication if required. We also have a significant number of school staff who are first aiders.
As “The Lady Barn Family”, we encourage our older pupils to help to care for the younger children. For example, our Year Six pupils play with the Early Years children on the playground and act as “reading buddies”. The Year Six children also help with duties and are given many responsibilities. Pupils’ views are always listened to via “listening boxes” in the classrooms and outside the Headmaster’s office. We also have a very pro-active School Council.
Early Years Pastoral Care
The Early Years Department provides each and every child with a caring, supportive and fun start to their school life. We strive to provide our pupils with a happy, fun, secure and nurturing environment where they can thrive under our care. Each child has a “Key Person” (a fully qualified Form Teacher) who has the main responsibility for the children in their class. These “Key People” provide support for parents and children alike, whenever required. All five classes have full time classroom assistants – two in each Nursery class and one in each Kindergarten class. We also have two further classroom assistants who work across the department.
The welfare of your child is our number one priority. We have a reputation for our academic prowess, however, it is the care and the way in which we gradually develop your child both educationally and emotionally that prepares them for future success. Please rest assured that we will be with you every step of the way when your child enters our Nursery or Kindergarten. Invariably, the child adapts quickly to their new environment and their new friends and teachers.
All members of staff at Lady Barn have a duty of care – to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our children. Every member of our staff has a key role in prevention of harm, early identification, intervention and support for pupils at risk of significant harm and will endeavour to provide an environment where children are safe, feel safe and valued, and know that their concerns will be taken seriously.
All school staff should be alert to the possible signs of abuse of a pupil. Staff have an obligation to report all suspicions of abuse to a senior member of staff. This is a professional responsibility for the protection from harm of all our children.
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