Junior School Pastoral Care

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Excellent pastoral care of all pupils at ECJS underpins everything we do. We understand that the pastoral support of pupils relies on cooperation and communication between school and families.

Ph_js_gen_201422Class teachers are the first point of contact for parents and pupils in our school. Pupils and parents are clear on the pathway of support both from school and outside agencies. Pupils are aware that they can seek help from any member of staff. The ECJS prefect body also receives training in how to care for pupils who may become upset or need somebody to talk to.

Class teachers are in turn supported by the Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral), who has overall responsibility for the well-being of the pupils at ECJS, while the Headteacher is kept informed of all Pastoral matters.

Pastoral tracking between Acorn House and Beechwood and subsequently Beechwood and the Upper School ensures that the often difficult transition phases for pupils are as smooth as possible. In addition, there is a Welfare Management Team that includes the Child Protection Officers from the Junior and Upper Schools. The School Nurse and the College Chaplain visit the School weekly.

Houses

Ph_js_gen_201420All pupils are supported by the House system, with each pupil allocated to one of four Houses on joining the school. All staff are also members of the Houses. Our House structure forms a further level of support for pupils who quickly become loyal to their own House. The four Houses are named after eminent Old Elizabethans who all were awarded the Victoria Cross. The House names are: Halliday, Home, Le Patourel and McCrea.

Prefects

Prefects are chosen by the Headteacher. The Head Boy and Head Girl, along with their deputies, remain in post for the academic year. Other prefects are appointed for half a year to ensure leadership opportunities for many of the Year 6 pupils.

School Council

School Council meets every two weeks. It is chaired by a member of Year 6 elected by the pupil body at a hustings and supported by class representatives elected in a similar manner by their classes. The class representatives change each term. The Council is supported by the Beechwood Deputy Headteacher.

Ph_js_gen_201416PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

The pastoral support system is enhanced by a rich and varied PSHE curriculum and a programme of assemblies that sees visiting speakers from charities and church groups meeting the pupils on a regular basis.

The PSHE programme of study also makes pupils aware of outside agencies that provide support to pupils as they tackle the challenges of growing up. Childline and Winston’s Wish are excellent sources of information, with advice available for parents, pupils and staff.