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Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

St John Fisher is first and foremost a Catholic community in which principles of care and respect are valued, with emphasis on the development of the young person through academic achievement, holistic personal development and religious formation. We aim to give every student a wide range of opportunities to learn and develop to become the best that they can be. We take our ethos from Gospel values and work to draw out the potential in every young person.

The most important influences on a child’s values, attitudes and standards are those of family, home and community. We aim therefore, to work in close partnership with parents and carers to encourage all students to have good manners, be kind and develop a sense of responsibility, self -discipline, respect for themselves, for others and for their environment. We recognise that education is a collaborative and cooperative enterprise and that although we emphasise our role in meeting individual needs, those needs must be met within the shared community life of the school and within an atmosphere which is positive, supportive, and conducive to learning.

Every teacher is expected to be interested in a child’s overall development and should be trying to encourage good social and moral habits as well as academic potential.  The key to any successful Pastoral System and to the success of the school are the qualities, abilities and commitment shown by the form teacher.  With such a large pupil population the form teacher is the “lynchpin” of the Pastoral System at St John Fisher.  The Form Teacher is supported by the Head of Year, the Head of School and the Senior Leadership Team.

The pastoral care of everyone in our school community is of the highest importance and the well-being of students is the responsibility of all staff.

St John Fisher students benefit from a highly developed pastoral system to ensure that every student’s progress towards becoming a well-rounded individual is closely monitored. The school has clear and effective structures and procedures to address pastoral issues swiftly and appropriately.

The Pastoral Team

Mr Flanagan - Deputy Headteacher

Mr Flanagan has overall strategic responsibility for the Pastoral Team and ensuring that the pastoral provision across years 7 to 11 meets the needs of all students. 

Mrs Joy - Assistant Headteacher (Head of Upper School)

Mrs Joy oversees and supports the work of the Heads of Year and Student Support Officer in the Upper School.

Mr Owen - Head of Year 11

Mrs Johnson - Head of Year 10

Miss Donnelly - Head of Year 9

Mrs Hobson - KS4 Student Support officer

 

Mrs Crichton - Assistant Headteacher (Head of Lower School)

Mrs Crichton oversees and supports the work of the Heads of Year and Student Support Officer in the Lower School.

Mr Walsh - Head of Year 8

Mr Hussey - Head of Year 7

Miss Simpson – KS3 Student Support Officer

 

Form Tutors

Form Tutors

All students are assigned to a tutor group with whom they start every school day. The daily form period includes daily collective worship, registration, briefings, uniform and planner checks and reading time. The Form Tutor provides a first point of contact for parents via the student planner or telephone or e-mail.  

Pastoral Mentors

Mrs Crutchley – Senior Pastoral Mentor and Deputy Designated safeguarding Lead

Miss Ingleton – Pastoral Mentor

Pastoral Mentors provide support for students who have been referred by Heads of Year including one to one mentoring sessions and small group interventions on a range of topics including anxiety management, self - esteem, self - harm, anger- management, study skills and effective transition.

Wellsprings

A Wellsprings Counsellor is available in school three days a week to provide professional and therapeutic counselling support to young people across all year groups including the sixth form.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Team

We currently have 22 staff (from across all areas of the school) who are certified Youth Mental Health First Aiders.  The team have been trained to identify the signs of mental health issues in young people, to offer mental health first aid guidance and to sign-post to appropriate support. We In doing so we hope we can speed up a young person’s recovery and prevent a mental health issue from deteriorating further.

The SENDCO and Learning Support Team

Mrs Barnham - SENDCO

Mrs Barnham is the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities co-ordinator. She oversees the work of Learning Support Assistants who provide a wide range of academic and pastoral support for students with learning needs - primarily within the classroom and always tailored to the needs of the individual student.

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Support During Lockdown

The school has maintained contact with all students in our care throughout the lockdown period.

This has been achieved through wellbeing calls via telephone and Microsoft Teams.

Remote one to one mentoring sessions continue to be provided for students who have been referred to the Mentoring team by Heads of Year.

 

Ask Sam

Students can approach our Wellsprings Counsellor during the lock down period with any questions and concerns relating to their mental health and well-being, including any of the following issues:

  • Anxiety Low Mood         
  • Self Harm            
  • Identity Food Issues
  • Body Image       
  • LGBT+  
  • Self Esteem       
  • OCD      
  • Young Carers
  • Sleep    
  • Relationships    
  • ASD       
  • Bereavement   
  • ADHD
  • Disability             
  • Alcohol/Drugs  
  • Bullying Self- Care            
  • Family

Students can message Ask Sam on Microsoft Teams at office@sjfchs.org.uk. 

Ask Sam is not a counselling or crisis service, and students will not be offered a 1 to 1 session, however, they will receive a written response on Monday or Thursday during normal school hours.

Behaviour and Engagement Policy

At St John Fisher we are committed to a culture which empowers everyone to achieve his or her full potential. We actively promote a positive teaching and learning environment where everyone is expected to work hard and behave in a responsible manner by being ready, respectful and safe.

From experience, we have found this positive approach benefits from the active support and full co-operation of all parents/carers in maintaining high standards. This is particularly important regarding attendance, punctuality and adhering to School Uniform expectations.

Attendance

St John Fisher school's attendance target this year is 97%

Every day of absence is 5 hours missed learning.

A student with 90% attendance will have missed 4 weeks of learning by the end of the year.

That is 95 missed hours of learning!

The impact of poor attendance on learning, progress and achievement is therefore significant.

Extensive research published by the Government shows that students with good attendance rates are over 4 times more likely to achieve 5 good GCSEs, including English and maths, and 22 times more likely to achieve the English Baccalaureate, than students with poor attendance.

Please be aware that poor attendance may lead to the issuing of financial penalties.

Absence

Unauthorised holidays may also lead to financial penalties.

Student Dress Code

Our school uniform immediately identifies students as belonging to the St John Fisher school community. As ambassadors for the school, all students are expected to adhere to the school uniform code whilst on the school site and when travelling to and from school.  

It is the policy of the School Governors that all students wear school uniform. The school’s dress code is part of the school ethos and contributes to an ordered and effective learning environment.

In choosing St John Fisher, parents are expected to uphold the school dress code.