Pastoral Care at Chew ValleyPastoral care is our first priority at Chew Valley School. Unless pupils feel happy and safe, they are unlikely to make the most of the curriculum and opportunities at the school.
The Pastoral System
Every pupil has a tutor who will usually follow their group through the compulsory years of school. Tutors work in a team under the direction of a Head of Year and an Assistant Head of Year. The whole pastoral system is organised and directed by the Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Pastoral Care (Miss Kenyon). Any concerns about academic progress or personal well-being can be addressed to either the tutor or the Head of Year and will be followed up with appropriate support. You can e-mail Heads of Year using the following links:
Miss L Gillespie
Dr K Holland
Miss E Bainbridge
Mrs C Clement
Mr D Parfitt
Miss H John
Mrs L Woodgate
Miss H Kenyon
Mrs K Rowlands
Home School Welfare Manager
Mrs H Taylor
Phone: 01275 334212
Bullying is a rare event at Chew Valley and is never allowed to become a serious issue because we take every case of bullying seriously. But we can only act if we know there is a problem and so it is important that pupils tell their tutor or head of year if they are having a problem. This applies in school and to transport to and from school. In the internet age one of the main causes of unhappiness can be unkind comments on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. When upsets of this sort occur we will intervene to support parents and pupils. Again, please let us know.
Home School Welfare
Because teachers are usually in classrooms during the school day and can be difficult to get hold of, Mrs Taylor is our Home School Welfare Manager who is normally available at the end of the phone throughout the day. Any concern about students can be reported to Mrs Taylor and she will ensure that the appropriate member of staff is informed at the earliest opportunity. Students worried about another pupil can speak to Mrs Taylor and she will ensure that concerns are picked up.
She can be contacted on 01275 332272 or via e-mail: email@example.com
Mrs Taylor’s responsibilities go much further; she also manages the various agencies which provide on-site support to students and is the link to the school nurse and external support.
Pastoral Support Worker
Megan Harris our Pastoral Support worker’s role is to support children whose difficulties are proving a block to their progress.
She provides small group or 1:1 care for young people with a variety of needs; from those who struggle to make friendships, to those with emerging mental health issues, or students who have worries and anxieties.
The school employs two counsellors who are able to see students experiencing difficulties. If staff, parents or students think this would be helpful, they should contact Mrs Taylor who will arrange an appointment.
The School Nurse is Anisa Mohamed. Any health needs or concerns can be communicated to her using the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
She is attached to several schools so it would be good to identify that your child is a pupil at Chew Valley.
More Complex Difficulties
Sometimes young people can be overwhelmed by a number of problems all happening at the same time. When we have concerns about mental well-being we will talk to parents about making a referral to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. In other cases we may gather a ‘Team Around the Child’ which may involve a number of agencies with expertise to support complex problems. We would always involve parents in referrals of this sort.
Out of Hours Help
In addition to the Emergency Services (phone 999) and your local GP, there are other organisations which can provide immediate help:
Childline is a 24/7 service on 0800 1111
Samaritans can be contacted on 0117 983 1000
ResourcesA list of resources for parents is gathered on the "Helping Your Child" page under the Parents tab on this site.