People learn best when they have a sense of self-worth and a feeling of emotional security. Our pastoral organisation provides the foundation for young people’s fulfilment and success.
The pastoral system is organised to ensure the care of the 'whole person'. At Warden Park this is achieved through our Year Group system.
The aims of the pastoral system are fourfold:
We ensure that each student is known and valued as an individual through a detailed knowledge of their background, achievements, interests and ambitions.
We encourage each student to support others and to contribute to their tutor group and house. We believe the building of relationships is fundamental to a flourishing academy and compassionate society.
We ensure that all families have a named point of contact who is able to respond to a phone call or email quickly and personally.
We track each student’s progress across all subjects to ensure that they are meeting or exceeding expectations. We celebrate success and intervene and support as appropriate.
Each Year Group has a Head of Year, Deputy Head of Year and a Pastoral Support Officer.
Warden Park is highly respected for its firm discipline and the strong support we give to young people needing to improve their behaviour. This depends on families and staff working together to encourage self-respect, tolerance and mutual support. Students and staff at Warden Park respect themselves and each other, as well as their own and other people’s property.
We have a wide range of strategies for encouraging and rewarding good behaviour and always make a point of praising young people when they offer special support for people in need. We have a structured system for giving students responsibility across the academy. For example, older students have the opportunity to show leadership by welcoming Year 7 students to the academy. There are many other opportunities for students to take on positions of responsibility within their tutor group, the wider house system or Learning Resource Centre.
Students who wish to become school prefects and members of the Senior Student Team are invited to apply in writing. We interview for the most senior positions and short-listed candidates must then receive the support of the staff and students through an election process. In 2015, we established a “Kindness Council” to actively promote caring attitudes to all of our community. We were awarded “School of the Year” by Kindness UK, a national charity promoting a kinder society.
In the rare event of indiscipline, we involve families in discussions of reasons, solutions and deterrents. Exclusion of students from Warden Park is a sanction that is used sparingly but we do not tolerate violence, bullying, racism, theft or the possession of illegal substances. There is no place for such activities at Warden Park. We also take a strong line with anyone whose behaviour causes distress to others or is likely to endanger their health, safety and security. Parents are asked to make arrangements to collect their sons or daughters from the academy immediately in the event of serious misbehaviour. Thankfully this happens only very rarely.