Pastoral Care

Our firm belief is that no student should ever be anonymous and every student has at least one teacher or other member of staff who knows them, and you, well and ‘has their back’ at all times. Our pastoral provision is critical to fulfilling that mission.

Your son or daughter will have their pastoral needs met by dedicated tutors and Heads of Year who will remain with them throughout their time at Watling. Pastoral staff will oversee the progress, attendance and behaviour of the students within their care and build lasting relationships with the families they serve. They will ensure that the highest standards of uniform, behaviour for learning and conduct are exemplified by our students.

The form tutor will be your first port of call for support and that partnership and communication between school and home will first and foremost come through them. Your son or daughter will be issued with a planner that they will carry in their blazer pocket at all times. This will ensure that vital messages between home and school are communicated and you will also be able to clearly monitor progress with homework tasks against the deadlines determined by our homework timetable.

There has been a lot of recent research about the use of mobile phones in school and the research seems to suggest that it has a positive impact on students’ attainment. We aim to take the pressure off students at social times, allowing them to talk to and socialise with their peers, giving them a well-earned break from screen time. It is important that you are aware that students will be required to either not bring phones to school or have them switched off and in their bag for the duration of the school day. If phones are switched on or seen during the school day then they will be confiscated. We appreciate and understand it is reassuring that children have a means of communication, particularly if they are travelling to school independently and we want to make sure you can contact your child if needs be. We will deliver any relevant messages to your child during the school day or vice versa, we will contact you if there is an urgent need.