Pastoral Care & Our House System
It is your face, O Lord, that I seek, hide not your face.’ Psalm 26:8
We have a strong and consistent behaviour policy within Holy Trinity School. Its purpose is to develop within each child a respect for his own person and the rights and feelings of others. The school works to engender within each pupil the virtues of the Mission Statement and fully recognises that a child would find it hard to give what it does not possess. The School seeks to fill each child with wonder and awe of the creation of God and to take their place and responsibility as a co-creator with the Father.
The behaviour policy is reflected in the Superstar Steps, which every child has full access to and is made aware of. Using the Nine Core Values each child is taught to recognise that we strive to be like the example of Christ. Pupils are grouped into a House System, named for four saints of the Midlands, Birinus, Chad, Oswald and Wulstan, and awards are used to motivate and reward. The behaviour system is encapsulated in the Steps and you can find a copy of this here. (Can we make a link here to the policies page) There is an expectation that parents will support their children in the acquisition of a moral code, which helps their child make informed and sensible choices. Sanctions are also used where a child chooses not to consider himself or those around him. Instances of disobedience or disturbance or other issues are dealt with in a structured and supportive way, each time the child being able to choose to modify his or her behaviour. Where a child is excluded from school, either for a fixed term period or permanently, the school will always have sought the advice and intervention of outside agencies in an attempt to prevent this. Parents are consulted at every stage of this process and their views and support sought. The Local Authority and Governing Body will also be involved and parents may make appeal to the Governing Body in the event of their child being involved in this serious process. It is however, a real and present intention not to exclude children from this school and there have been no exclusions in the last thirteen years.
Pastoral care and nurturing lies, in the first instance, with the class teacher. The Head Teacher is consulted, as is the SENDCO (Mrs Lester) and the Phase Heads (Mrs Hollingsworth, Mrs Lester and Mrs Downes), should any issue become of increasing concern. The school also refers matters to the school nurse, Julie Thomas, our Education Welfare Officer, Lorraine Hubble and any of the multi-agency support teams working in our City who are all pro-active in seeking a working relationship with parents.
Schools take very seriously any reported racist incidents. Within our approach to this matter we aim to promote positive discipline and a record of all such incidents is kept. Each incident is fully investigated by a member of the Leadership Team and we are required as a school to report any incidents to the Local Authority.
Parents should also be aware that there is a very strong ethos of child protection in this school. Staff have been trained in this area and not only make it a priority to keep children safe during their time in school but to support and protect them in other ways. We never hesitate to contact Social Care and ask for their help, advice or intervention in any matters which concern us regarding the children as we have an ethical and legal duty to protect the moral, mental and physical integrity of the pupils in our care. Social Care have helped us a number of times in offering reassurance, help and support to families. We have children in our school who belong to all family patterns and groupings, children who are looked after and those accommodated by the Local Authority. In all instances our children are treated with dignity and equality and we work hard to serve the needs of our school family whatever individual circumstances may be. You can find a copy of our Safeguarding Policy on our Policies Page [click here]