Children who feel safe, happy and confident are the ones who will make the most progress academically, socially and personally. By placing the pastoral care of all of our children at the heart of all that we do, Arnold Lodge creates an environment where our pupils are able to make outstanding academic progress in an environment where they feel able to grow. We understand that each child is unique, possessing their own blend of abilities and needs.
Our Form Mentors build excellent pastoral relationships with the pupils in their form group and their parents, too. As well as monitoring each child’s academic progress, Form Mentors deal with any personal difficulties that emerge as our pupils move through their school years and Form Mentors also act as the first point of contact for children and parents. Pupils will meet with their form mentor twice a day with a one session a week dedicated to Form Time.
Small Class Sizes – A Family School
Pastoral care is not limited to a Form Tutor, of course. Every single member of staff is part of our pastoral care and with small class sizes (never exceeding 19), our teachers are able to continue to make certain that every single pupil in their class is happy, safe and learning to the best of their abilities. This approach allows pupils to feel a sense of belonging at our school that gives them the security and self-confidence to thrive personally, socially and academically.
Nurturing the whole child
We place great emphasis on nurturing the whole child, with pupils encouraged to explore who they are and the role they play in society. Far from producing an assembly line of children all fitting the same mould, we inspire individuals to blossom.
Attitude2Learning, PASS and Pupil Questionnaires
We take pastoral care as seriously as we do our academic provision. For this reason, we invest in a range of methods to track pupil welfare. Each half-term, pupils will reflect on their Attitude2Learning with their Form Tutors across their subjects to review their own progress to help them to become reflective and engaged learners (please see an example of the Attitude2Learning forms here). Much like our cognitive ability tests (CAT's) for setting targets, we also evaluate our pupils’ attitude to school and self (PASS) and we regularly conduct pupil surveys to track how they are feeling about school. This allows us to ensure that our pupils are happy, confident and safe in school and this, in turn, lets them make huge progress in an environment where they feel valued.