PASTORAL CARE AT THE HOLLINS
The Pastoral Care system at The Hollins has been recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’. There are many aspects to the care and guidance given to our students and this page aims to give you information about the support on offer. It is led by Mrs H Dougan (Deputy Headteacher) who is also the Senior Designated Person for Child Protection. He is supported by Mr G Hunter (Assistant Headteacher) who is the backup person for Child Protection. These two member of the Senior Leadership Team have overall responsibility for pastoral care across the school.
There is a member of staff with responsibility for each year group in school who leads a strong team of year tutors. They will deal with parental or pupil concerns and liaise with relevant staff to solve these issues. They will also track the academic performance of the pupils in their year group and contact parents if concerns are raised. They will hold a weekly assembly to reinforce key messages and to reward excellent progress, attendance and achievement in all areas.
Year Coordinators move up the school with their year group, establishing excellent relationships with parents/carers and getting to know the pupils extremely well.
For 2015/16 the Year Coordinators are as follows:-
|Year 7||Miss F Pilkingtonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Year 8||Mr D Towersemail@example.com|
|Year 9||Mr P Drewfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Year 10||Mrs N Tattersallemail@example.com|
|Year 11||Mrs N Johnstonefirstname.lastname@example.org|
Pastoral Support Managers
At The Hollins we have two, highly experienced, Pastoral Support Managers, Miss D Crosland and Mrs J Green. They have a wide range of skills and responsibilities to support our pupils in school. Their primary role is dedicated to helping all pupils get the most out of their school life. If anyone has a problem, big or small, they are there for them. Other support within this area includes:-
- · being someone to talk to if pupils have a problem with school.
- · linking with external agencies such as HARV, ELCAS, early Break and Social Services.
- · attending case conferences for individual students.
- · making home visits.
- · identifying needs and putting pupils in touch with other support in school such as the Counsellors or Attendance Improvement Worker.
- · Providing mentoring or behaviour support.
- · working side by side with year coordinators to provide a ‘safety net’ for pupils.
Miss Crosland can be contacted on email@example.com and Mrs Green on firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance Improvement Worker
Our Attendance Improvement Worker (AIW), Mrs L Heys, plays a vital role in maintaining the excellent pupil attendance at The Hollins. If a pupil’s attendance starts to drop the AIW will speak to the pupils and the parent to identify any reasons and put strategies in place to rectify this. Home visits will be made, where appropriate, to support these processes.
The AIW will also work with pupils who are in danger of becoming persistent absentees (attendance below 85%). Strategies will be put in place and attendance will be monitored. If attendance becomes lower or does not improve, Penalty Notices may be issued and in extreme cases, court proceedings will be initiated.
If you have any concerns about attendance issues please contact Mrs L Heys at school on email@example.com.
We have two counsellors in school, Mr F Taylor and Mrs D Anderson, providing pupils with the opportunity to talk, in private, about anything which is worrying them. If a pupil is identified as needing this support we will consult, as appropriate, before providing the service. Pupils may also self refer for this service. Counselling takes place in a confidential, warm, safe and non-judgemental environment.
If any Child Protection concerns are brought up through counselling these WILL be passed on to the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection in school.
The aims of this team is to facilitate each pupil’s personal, social, emotional and educational development. They promote a collaborative team approach between home and school and the structure of the support on offer significantly impacts on overall academic achievement. The department is a flexible, supportive team who liaise very closely with subject leaders, year coordinators and class teachers in order for pupils to fully access both social and academic school life.
Students with Statements of Special Educational Needs and other identified pupils will have a link teaching assistant, who is their first point of contact in school. The teaching assistant will assist in all aspects of the pupil’s school life including accompanying them for post-16 education interviews.
If you have any concerns, please ring school on 01254 233500 and ask for the SEN Department.