Pastoral Care and Safeguarding
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Pastoral Care and Safeguarding

Pastoral Care

Central to maintaining the happiness of our students in school is the pastoral care we offer. The pastoral system is built around a student’s Head of Year, a non-teaching Pastoral Manager and a team of year tutors. The pastoral team is complemented by a number of dedicated professionals who can support the specific needs of our students. These include:

  • Director of Safeguarding (see above)
  • SENDCO
  • Director of Behaviour and Inclusion
  • Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) Lead
  • Counsellors
  • Learning Support Assistants

They all work closely with a range of external agencies who can add to our pastoral provision.

The person with the key responsibility for a child’s pastoral care is their STEP tutor. The tutor will encourage students to demonstrate the key qualities of punctuality, preparedness, positivity and politeness as they approach each day in school.  They will check the student’s planner and will communicate with home if there are concerns or issues to raise.  They celebrate the student’s weekly achievements through the merit stamps that they have received from their teachers and they will also have regular conversations about the importance of good attendance, issuing coloured dots on a weekly basis which will be stuck in student planners so that they are aware of their attendance zone.  Please see attendance section for an explanation of the coloured zones.

The STEP tutor provides guidance throughout a student’s time in school; reviewing their progress and supporting their commitment to enrichment activities and their future goals and aspirations.  Finally, the tutor is responsible for the delivery of a bespoke STEP programme covering key aspects of citizenship, RSE, PSE and careers education.  STEP is an acronym denoting:

  • Study
  • Tutorial
  • Enrichment
  • PSE

Follow the links below for further information on the following:

Safeguarding

Safeguarding is about ensuring that children are safe from harm.  This means protecting them from maltreatment, preventing any impairment to their health or development, ensuring that they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and taking action, when appropriate, to ensure all children have the best outcomes.  Child protection is part of this definition and refers to activities undertaken to prevent children suffering, or being likely to suffer, significant harm, including abuse and neglect.

Our staff are regularly trained, vigilant for signs of harm, and are confident about applying our policies to any potential safeguarding issues.  Our safeguarding and child protection work is led by our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and two deputies. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:

  • Lucy Weston (DSL)
  • Kim Oldham (Deputy DSL)
  • Mark McCreedy (Deputy DSL)

Please follow the links below to our key policies:

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Amanda is Chair of the Excel Academy Trust Board. Amanda became a parent governor in 2009 and has enjoyed several responsibilities across this time including being Chair of the Achievement and Standards committee, a member of the Excel Academy Audit committee, and most recently has been appointed as a Member of the Excel Academy Partnership. Her career started out with the Halifax Building Society where she worked as a mortgage advisor for 20 years, before entering the political arena. Amanda is a County Councillor for Durham County Council, representing Framwellgate and Newton Hall ward. Amanda was formerly a student at Framwellgate School Durham, where she met her husband and many other friends, as well as taking on the responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl. Amanda is passionate about the school and local area and is actively involved in the school at every opportunity.

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