Built upon the tenet of family, St. James’ provides a holistic approach to pupil development, focusing on the overall wellbeing of every individual child. Our exceptional pastoral care provides individualised attention to each pupil, ensuring tailored support to enable them to succeed socially and academically. Deliberately keeping our class sizes small, our dedicated teachers can get to know each child and their families, helping us to cater to their specific needs.
Key Components of our Pastoral Care include:
Start the Day the Right Way
It is important to set a positive tone for the rest of the day. Our morning activities include mindfulness, singing, dancing, a walk around the park, reading, breakfast club, and ‘it’s good to talk’ sessions.
A centralised resource centre designed to support pupils with SEN needs, providing a range of resources and support to help pupils with their learning needs and welfare.
Mentoring and Counselling
Our experienced mentors offer emotional support and guidance to pupils, as well as monitoring their progress, and giving them the building blocks to achieve their full potential both socially and academically.
Our school nurse has an important role in supporting the health, wellbeing, and pastoral care of our pupils. Pupils can join group Pods or book an individual appointment to discuss anything that is bothering them. Our Pods support pupils’ mental health, relationships, and wellbeing, providing them with a safe space to talk about any issue.
Personal and Social Education
We teach pupils the skills needed to help navigate social and emotional issues, such as conflict resolution, empathy, and communication skills, supporting them as they navigate life at St. James, as well as preparing them for life beyond.
Using positive reinforcement, we focus on teaching and guiding pupils towards responsible behaviour. This helps to create a safe and nurturing environment for pupils to grow and learn, whilst encouraging self-discipline, responsibility, and accountability.
We promote inclusivity and diversity, encouraging students to appreciate and celebrate different cultures, beliefs, and perspectives. This helps to break down stereotypes and prejudices and fosters a sense of unity and respect amongst pupils, enabling all pupils to feel valued and accepted.
St. James’ prides itself on creating a supportive and nurturing environment where pupils feel comfortable and safe. It is essential for pupils to build positive relationships whilst feeling a sense of belonging, which is why we are a family first, a school second. Our approach has a great impact on enhancing self-esteem, confidence, and promoting positive behaviour. Pupils can thrive through the identification and addressing of barriers to learning, reinforcing academic success as well as fostering a nurturing learning environment.