Pastoral Structure Update
I should like to take this opportunity to share with you a few changes to the pastoral structure of the school.
Heads of House
As part of my commitment to deliver the very best care, guidance and support, I have appointed the following teaching staff as Heads of House.
Mr Girling Aylward – Head of House
Mrs Hockridge Churchill – Head of House
Mr Halliwell Faraday – Head of House
Mr Sowemimo Nuffield – Head of House
Mr Abbott Ryder – Head of House
Starting from Monday 3rd June, the Heads of House lead the House Team providing extra capacity to raise achievement still further and promote the highest expectations for attendance, behaviour and well-being. Mr Nunn (Assistant Head Teacher) will lead the full pastoral team of the school.
Each House still has a House Manager. They will work with the Head of House to provide care, guidance and support to the students.
Mrs Chapman Aylward – House Manager
Mrs Clayton Church – House Manager
Mrs Corrigan Faraday – House Manager
Mrs Sullivan Nuffield – House Manager
Mrs Collins Ryder – House Manager
New Reward System
Our ambition is to reinstate the great strengths of the House system of the past with more inter house competitions and the further development of a ‘school within a school’ ethos. Part of this will also involve a new Reward System, which will reward students for working hard, attending school, behaving well and participating fully in the life of the school. This will lead to students achieving a bronze, silver or gold award and pin badges. Over time, students achieving the highest awards will be eligible to make an application to become a prefect.
Details of the new Reward System will be published shortly on the school’s website.
Improving provision for SEND
I have also revisited the structure of the school’s special educational needs department to ensure that our young people with additional needs receive the support they need. Mrs Mackman (Assistant Head Teacher) will become the school’s SENCo and Senior leader for Inclusion from September 2019. I am confident under her leadership our SEND provision will continue to develop and strengthen. An Assistant SENCo (a newly created role) will support Mrs Mackman.
As part of this process, we have been developing our SEND offer in order to provide better support and earlier interventions to improve progress and support students’ social emotional and mental health. This information will shortly be available on the school’s website.
Improved Careers Advice & Support
Alongside these changes, the governors have also agreed to appoint a full-time Careers Advisor to help our young people to choose the next steps with their education, work or training. Mr Randall, our Careers Leader, will continue to lead on Careers Education and is busy working on developing links with local businesses and educational providers to enhance our Careers Education at Philip Morant.
Over the last half term, we have been talking to students and the Year Councils about the school uniform to ensure that it helps to create a positive identity for students in our school, as well as fostering a sense of belonging and purpose. It is clear that they are very happy with school uniform; however, they have raised small changes that they would like the school governors to consider. As part of this process, I would welcome your views on the school uniform, so we can consider all views before making any changes. (Please be assured that careful consideration will be given to the implementation of any changes.) Should you wish to share your views, please click on the link below to electronically respond.
May I also take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support as we work together to ensure the continued improvement and success of The Philip Morant School & College.
Executive Head Teacher