PASTORAL CARE AND WELL-BEING
The Beeston Commitment
The link between children’s emotional well-being and educational attainment is clear: children who feel good about themselves and their lives are more engaged at school and do better. That’s why at Beeston, we take very seriously our responsibility to promote the spiritual, mental and emotional wellbeing of the children in our care. As a day and boarding school, we have insight into the challenges youngsters face and have spent considerable time devising the best way of ensuring children come to school feeling happy and enjoy their day. This is what we believe works:
There are leadership and teamwork opportunities for all pupils of all ages within the classroom and in the wider school community. We celebrate the leadership skills of our Year 8 children by appointing a Head of School each term, and Prefects.
As well as House, Form and Dorm Captains and the roles on the School Council, there are many other ways we develop leadership in School. Year 3’s – 6’s are given responsibilities each term: library monitors, chapel monitors and all children are on table responsibility rotas at mealtimes.
- To be allowed to be children and not feel pressured to grow up too quickly
- A positive climate and a sense of family and community, with a House system which encourages a feeling of belonging
- Caring, dedicated and vigilant staff who are committed to the wellbeing of all pupils and ensure there is a caring and nurturing ethos throughout the school
- Staff to be approachable and take time to engage in and respond to pupils’ emotional health and ‘go the extra mile’ at every opportunity to allow children to thrive
- A clear set of rules and expectations for pupils’ behaviour• Mutual respect and kindness. Our recent initiative – the Beeston Brief – is helping children think about manners, independence, kindness and empathy
- A consistent, robust and well-used rewards system valued throughout the school
- Open, relaxed yet respectful relationships with staff, who know all pupils by first name, and take an interest in each individual child
- Well integrated groups with different age groups playing and working together easily
- A wide range of opportunities for leadership across the school
- Medical issues to be dealt with quickly
- Bullying issues to be taken seriously, dealt with and resolved quickly
- Encouragement through school and boarding councils to suggest improvements and take responsibility for decision making
- Pupils’ achievements both academic and non-academic to be acknowledged
- Their child to be safe and cared for
- An open door policy
- Open communications and good relationships with staff
- Termly Parents’ Evenings and reports with frequent written feedback
- Every child to have an individual tutor who knows them well enough to ask, ‘Are you ok?’ and can deal with their response sensitively
- A strong anti-bullying focus – all incidents to be taken seriously, dealt with swiftly and effectively
- Pastoral displays around school promoting kindness and responsibility
- A strong emphasis on good role models
THE BEESTON PROMISE
We promise to make it as easy as possible for children to talk to someone if they’re worried or sad about anything. There is a strong network of staff with whom a child can feel free to talk. These lines of communication include a child’s tutor, subject staff, houseparents, matrons, the Chaplain and the Headmaster and his wife. We use assemblies and PHSEE lessons to let children know it’s okay to approach us, whatever the problem may be, and to ensure they feel confident they’re in a safe and caring environment and help is close at hand. We also have anonymous ‘Worry Boxes’ on the boys’ and girls’ side of the boarding house, outside the houseparents’ flat, Matron’s Surgery, in the Chapel or in the Link, and in both classroom blocks.
If children want to talk to someone who isn’t at school, they can call the Independent Listener, Bobbie Coe on 01263 860097 or 07887 603021; Childline on 0800 11 11, or the NSPCC on 0808 8005000 at any time from the two private phone boxes at school, which are accessible at any time outside lessons.
Parents and carers are an integral part of our wellbeing commitment. It’s important, they, too, get in touch to tell us about any problems, so we can work together with an on-going dialogue to provide the best support for the child.
We have two phones which children can use at any time outside of lessons – the red phone box in the courtyard and one by the Matron’s room in its own private box. They just simply dial as they do at home. Children can also email or Skype their family in a private space, or from the front office.
DID YOU KNOW?
We run a special Bushcraft week off site each Summer Term for Year 8 children, where many leadership activities take place living with the elements.