Junior School Pastoral Care
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.
Class 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.
All 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 are chosen from Year 6 by the Headteacher in consultation with ECJS teachers and remain in post for the academic year. Our aim is for all Year 6 pupils to enjoy some leadership opportunities during the course of the year.
A Head Boy, Head Girl and two Deputies are selected for their leadership qualities and sense of responsibility. Year 6 pupils can also become prefects, house captains, games captains, music monitors or librarians. They set an example to the younger pupils in the School and are given tasks to undertake by members of staff in break-times and before School.
School Council meets every 2 weeks. It is chaired by a member of Year 6 who is elected by the pupil body at a hustings and supported by class representatives who are elected in a similar manner by their classes. The class representatives change each term. The Council is supported by a member of staff.
PSHE (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.