Pastoral Care

At The Swan, we believe that our students’ personal and social wellbeing are just as important and their academic achievements. We encourage all of our students to act with integrity and show kindness to themselves, others, and our community.

The House System

All Swan students are part of a tutor group and house. A student’s form tutor are their first point of contact for any pastoral issues. Each house will have a Head of House and a non-teaching pastoral support champion. Heads of House will be responsible for their house and for having an overview of their students’ education, including their academic progress, welfare, and behaviour.

Houses are a vertical community within a school. They facilitate students to collaborate and lead across year groups, providing opportunities for healthy inter-house competition!

Pastoral Support

Students can all access our full range of pastoral support services in the school. Each house has a non teaching pastoral support champion who is dedicated to ensuring all students are happy, safe and thriving in our community. Students can receive support by completing a student referral form during break or lunch in the referral room. Parents can also email into the [email protected] if they have any concerns.

School Nurse

Our school nurse is Jane Saxton, who is in school from 1-3pm on Tuesdays. Students can drop in to see her in the meeting room at lunchtime, or make an appointment to see her through speaking to their pastoral support champions or Head of House. Her email address is [email protected] and her number is 01865 904225, if you want to discuss anything outside this time.

Pastoral Curriculum

Students spend 40 minutes per day in tutor time taking part in a pastoral curriculum designed to enhance their personal development. The pastoral curriculum can be seen below. It is centrally planned to make the best use of the time available, ensuring that no time is wasted. The pastoral curriculum is different from, but just as valuable as, the academic curriculum.

  • Monday – assembly; guided reading
  • Tuesday – guided reading; personal development (PHSCE and RSE)
  • Wednesday – guided reading; thought for the week
  • Thursday – guided reading; values-based activity (linked to assembly)
  • Friday – guided reading; ‘Team-building’/Recognitions