Looking after You – Year 8
The personal development, health and well-being of our students is of most importance to us. We pride ourselves that our school environment is caring, optimistic and encouraging. The pastoral structure is designed to support students with a wide range of needs and at every level. The promotion of well-being, care for each other, respect and resilience is at the core of our systems.
The Form Tutor
Students’ primary daily care and support is overseen by their Form Tutor. Students in Years 7 to Year 11 will see their Form Tutor every day for 20 minutes. Tutors oversee concerns around attendance, illness and general well-being and should be the first point of contact for parents/carers. They support students with any initial worries or problems and are pivotal to helping students and parents/carers to resolve issues.
Here is how you can contact the right Form Tutor for your child:
The Year Co-ordinator and Pastoral Behaviour Officer
Each team of Form Tutors for each year group is led by the Year Co-ordinator and a Pastoral Behaviour Officer.
The Year Co-ordinator oversees specific academic concerns and will lead on achievement and progress of the year group.
The Pastoral Behaviour Officer manages attendance, behaviour and pastoral care. Our staff are well experienced and offer advice, support or interventions and as a team work closely with a variety of external agencies to help support our students.
Find out who is Year Co-ordinator and Pastoral Behaviour Officer for each year here:
Specialist Pastoral Staff
We have specialist staff to support students with complex needs:
Attendance Strategy Leader: Mr Casey
Director of Behaviour: Mr Bennett
Learning Support Mentor: Mr Coone
SENDco: Miss McFadden
Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Nowell
Who Parents Can Contact
Please see the following staff as soon as possible so we can resolve issues effectively and quickly.
|Concern||Who to Talk to in School|
|General concerns regarding absence, attendance or a medical appointment||Form Tutor|
|General concern regarding behaviour||Form tutor or Pastoral Behaviour Officer|
|Concerns around SEND||SENDco|
|Concerns around friendship groups, peers, bullying and social media||Pastoral Behaviour Officer|
|Concerns around physical, emotional or mental well-being||Pastoral Behaviour Officer|
|Academic concerns, achievement, subject issues, progress and attitude to learning (ALT)||Year Co-ordinator or subject leader|
|Safeguarding or a child protection concern||Deputy Headteacher (Mrs Nowell)
Designated Child Protection Staff:
Students can talk to any member of the school staff; but we do have specialist school staff who deal with the student safety and protection.
There are lots of posters up in School so students know who to go and talk to.
Here is how you can contact the right person:
Mental Health and Well-being
We take a whole school approach to the welfare and well-being of our students. All students in Years 7 to Year 11 learn about keeping healthy and mental well-being through dedicated PSHE lessons and also through wider parts of our curriculum by taking part in specialist assemblies, themed days, mental health week and our annual health fair. We have two members of staff that have mental health first aid training and we use mindfulness as a preventative and strategy tool.
We believe our work around well-being helps prepare our students with resilience and enables them to be ready for the opportunities and challenges ahead.
Our students know that our pastoral staff will always listen, that they have a voice and that we value their voice. Initiatives such as the Student Parliament and the Diverse Alliance Group play centre stage in school life.
We work alongside a variety of external agencies to support the mental health and well-being of our students, and here is just an example of some of them plus some other useful resources:
Other Useful Resources:
Students in Years 7 to Year 11 learn about character strengths through assemblies and weekly Personal Development Time (PDT) sessions in Form Time.
Students’ personal and social development is delivered through Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) – delivered as a one hour lesson over a two week timetable. All students in Years 7 to Year 11 learn about Relationships and Sexual Education (RSE), citizenship, economic well-being, alcohol and drug use, safety, discrimination, risks and healthy lifestyles.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC), underpins our curriculum that promotes:
Spiritual Development: through subjects such as RE, art and design, music and drama students reflect, develop values and learn from others. Students can be creative, use their imagination and are encouraged to be a curious learner.
Moral Development: through subjects such as history, English, science and RE students investigate ethics and ‘big’ questions or follow lines of enquiry. Our Positive Behaviour System encourages students understanding of responsibility and of ‘right and wrong’.
Social Development: our school’s approach to teamwork peer support, clubs, trips, residentials and abundance of after school activities ensures students learn how to be a team player, cooperative, empathetic, respectful and tolerant.
and the Prevent Agenda at Horsforth School
Horsforth School is committed to serving its community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of our local population and within the United Kingdom as a whole. Through our School ethos and curriculum, we embed the themes of tolerance, mutual respect and understanding. Through robust safeguarding procedures, we strive to ensure that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.
The Government set out their definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These were reinforced in September 2014. These new regulations will sit alongside the Equalities Act, which applies to all schools.
The 5 British Values are:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Students will encounter these principles through our curriculum, Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) provision, Behaviour and Rewards system, assemblies, trips and visits and extra-curricular activities.
Keeping You Safe
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Safeguarding legislation and Government guidelines say that safeguarding means:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best possible outcome
Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips or residentials, anti-bullying, safer recruitment and all systems in school around behaviour and attendance.
Sometimes young people and children can hurt or feel frightened in different ways. It might be that they are being bullied, or being hurt by an adult, being touched in a way you do not like. If students feel uncared for, under-fed, or are shouted at a lot, or feel unsafe at home…..this could be abuse and not their fault. There is help both at school and outside of school and children and young people have the right to be safe and be listened to.
Abuse can take many forms:
- Physical – hitting, shaking
- Emotional- bullying, blaming
- Sexual – forcing sexual acts
- Neglect – no food, being left alone
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) – where children are tricked by gifts, money and drugs in exchange for sexual acts
- Forced marriage – when you do not agree/give consent to a marriage
- FGM – female genital mutilation
Our School’s Child Protection Team
|Mrs Nowell||Designated Safeguarding Lead (Deputy Headteacher)|
|Miss McFadden||Deputy Safeguarding Lead|
|Team||Mr Casey, Mr Bennett, Miss Robinson, Mrs Comisky, Mrs Gledhill, Mr Watkins, Mrs Squire, Mr Croft and Mr Strongman.|
All staff receive annual child protection and safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for identifying and reporting concerns in school.
If You Have a Concern
If any member of the school, a parent/carer or a member of the community has a concern about the welfare of a child within our school, please pass the information onto a member of our Child Protection Team at school or contact the Children’s Social Work Services Team in Leeds (0113 222 4403).
If a child is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999.
Who to Talk to if You are a Child
If you have been hurt by anybody, or an adult or another young person has done something that makes you feel upset or scared, it is important you tell somebody so you get help, support and protection.
- Tell an adult you trust at school (Mrs Nowell, a staff member or a member of the Child Protection Team), or a parent, youth worker, school nurse, doctor or a trusted family friend.
- Tell them what is happening and why you are worried.
Adults who work with children have a responsibility to protect them from harm and will know what to do.
You can also contact:
- Children’s Social Work Services Team (0113 222 4403)
- childline (0800 1111), calls are free and confidential
Useful Websites and Telephone Numbers
- NSPCC and 0808 800 5000 and firstname.lastname@example.org
- NSPCC Asian Child Protection Helpline: 0800 096 7719
- Runaway helpline and 116000 (call or text for free)
- Forced marriage: 0800 5999 247
- Internet safety:
- Child sexual exploitation (CSE):
- 24-hour helpline: 0800 389 1701
- Female genital mutilation (FGM):
- Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and the County Lines phenomenon:
- Domestic abuse:
We are a ’telling school. ’ This means we urge all students to report things that they may see or experience which they feel is bullying: unkind, hurtful or derogatory. We encourage all students to do this whether it affects them or others.
Is it Bullying?
- The term bullying is really important and shouldn’t be taken lightly or used incorrectly. If we classify unpleasant behaviour or a “falling out” as bullying it could lose its importance and severity – so we have to distinguish between the two and know when to step in.
- It goes without saying that if a student is upset we will always support them, but we all need to understand the term ‘bullying’, the seriousness of it and the impact it can have on someone.
Bullying is usually defined as behaviour that is:
- Intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
- Often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation
It takes many forms and can include:
- Physical assault
- Making threats
- Name calling
- Cyberbullying – bullying via mobile phone or online (for example email, social networks and instant messenger)
What Bullying is not:
- A friendship fallout
- An argument
- Not liking someone
- Being excluded
- A single act of telling a joke about someone
- Isolated acts of harassment, aggressive behaviour, intimidation or meanness
We have created an environment that encourages students to feel confident about reporting any issue around bullying. They can do this in a number of ways:
- Talking to their Form Tutor
- Talking to their Pastoral Behaviour Officer (PBO)
- Telling any member of staff
- Writing their worries or concerns down and posting them into the anti-bully box on Mrs Nowell’s door. This can be done anonymously.
If as a parent/carer, you have concerns, please contact us straight away. You can do this by contacting the pastoral team at email@example.com.
What will we do?
As with all incidents, we aim to deal with things effectively, but sensitively. We will always work to support the victim and their family but also with the perpetrator to change their behaviour. The steps we take can include the following (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Reassure and support the victim
- Deploy the Pastoral Behaviour Team to investigate/report/monitor/support
- Interview the alleged instigator and provide support if required
- Work with parents/carers and external agencies to help the victim and, if necessary the instigator
- Record and monitor incidents to avoid reoccurrence
- Support staff and parents/carers to ensure that our response to incidents is prompt and consistent
If the behaviour continues we may:
- Put restrictions on the bully’s social time
- Issue a sanction of inclusion
- Fixed term exclusion
- Managed move to another school
How we educate our students about bullying
Students learn about the types of bullying, the effects and consequences through assemblies, safety week and PSHE lessons. We reinforce this message throughout the year by revisiting this important topic through form time, tutor activities, national anti-bullying week and through the wider curriculum.
Specific Safety Issues and Our School’s Procedures
Knives or other Offensive Weapons
There has been a great deal of media attention and concern focused on this issue due to recent events. Although within our West Yorkshire cluster and Horsforth School in particular, we do not have the knife culture as experienced by other areas, but we are not complacent.
We have a zero tolerance policy on all forms of violence. This is embedded through the school ethos, the school rules and expectations. The education around the use and abuse of weapons and dangerous objects is delivered specifically in PSHE and in assemblies.
- It is illegal to carry a knife if there is intent to use it, even defensively, as a weapon, even if the knife belongs to someone else.
- Police can and will search someone if they believe they are carrying knife. Police and school staff can also search young people for weapons in school.
If a student is believed to be in possession of a knife and there is sufficient evidence that it has been used to threaten or cause violence, the following guidelines will apply:
A search will be conducted. The police and parents/carers will be informed. An investigation will follow and if there is sufficient evidence, there will be a recommendation for permanent exclusion and the Youth Offending Team will be alerted.
We have a clear policy on illegal substances in and within the vicinity of school and on school visits and placements. If students are found in possession of, or supplying any drugs, both parents/carers and the police will be informed immediately. Students involved in any such activity will be subject to a detailed investigation. Where there is evidence that this is not a first offence and there are no extenuating circumstances, the Headteacher will recommend a permanent exclusion.
Whilst the internet is great for school work and socialising, not everything students read online is true so talk to your child when it comes to the use of the internet and social media. Ensure you know what sites they are using and ask if they know how to stay safe. They must use privacy settings and never share passwords. Ensure they know where the reporting tools are if they need them – these vary. Make sure they know to tell an adult of trust if they see something they are unsure of.
Use parental controls on all social media including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and in particular Snapchat. Please ensure students are in “Ghost Mode” on their location settings for Snapchat.
These can cause a problem for anyone who suffers from breathing difficulties, not just asthma sufferers. Therefore, we prefer that they are not used in school or brought to school.
Students can however, bring roll-on deodorant to use after their PE lessons.