Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is the provision our school makes to support and promote the physical and emotional welfare of our students. A successful pastoral care programme means that our students feel safe, happy, involved and able to perform to their potential. We create the atmosphere which supports students and enables their success, their development of character and well-being.

At Testwood, our students are at the heart of our community. All students need to know that they are respected and valued individuals, with unique needs, strengths and potential. We want our students to feel cared for and supported so that they can “be ready, be respectful and be safe”. We must model this in everything we do and say. We promote good behaviour and take appropriate measures against any form of bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Each Year Group has a Year Leader who is responsible for creating and maintaining a positive and nurturing ethos within the Year group, monitoring the well-being of each student and supporting the work of the Tutors within the team.

The Tutor is so important in our pastoral care system. Each Tutor is responsible for a Tutor Group, which stays together for registration and follows a comprehensive tutor time programme.

The pastoral structure is further underpinned and supported by our Pastoral Support Workers, our Inclusion Manager, our ELSA and our Safeguarding Team. They work alongside the Year Leaders to support and educate our students with emotional and behavioural issues that can affect their learning within the school environment, and also offer support to parents/carers, and are able to signpost them to other agencies if needed, who can advise and support students and families outside school.