The efficient running of the school depends on the combined efforts of the children, the parents and the staff.
The school Policies are under review and that the school is operating under the new guidance and regulations published in the DfE Keeping Children Safe In Education September 2016 document and the Independent Schools Inspectorate Regulations handbook September 2017. All revised policies will be available on the website following the October half-term. If anyone has any questions regarding school policy please contact Paula Talman the school’s Compliance Officer.
THE CHILDREN’S ROLE
The School is run for the benefit of the children, and we encourage them to take an active part in ensuring that it functions smoothly and happily. Senior pupils have a taste of responsibility, not just in organising house teams or other house activities, but also, more importantly, in seeing that the other children are happy and that any anti-social behaviour is spotted so that it can be dealt with immediately. Once a term the senior pupils come to a staff meeting and are encouraged to air any subject that concerns them or members of their house. They go to bed later than the others, they may watch television on two evenings a week, and each Monday a group of them is invited to supper with the staff.
Other children also have responsibilities, whether as a captain of a school team, as a librarian, as a guide for visitors, or perhaps looking after a new boy or girl. A food committee gives the opportunity for children to pass on views to the chef and the Headmaster’s wife.
THE PARENT’S ROLE
Parents are closely involved in the School, and we value parental concern and interest in their children’s education. There are various functions throughout the year to which parents are invited, such as Sports’ Day in June, the Play (in the final week of the summer term), Parents’ Days (when exhibitions of children’s work and hobbies are put on), the Fireworks Party, the Carol Service and parents’ cricket, rounders, netball and tennis matches against the children. Parents are invited to discuss their children’s progress with members of staff at regular parents’ evenings, after which parents and staff have supper together; they are also welcome to attend matches and the various events that we put on in the Barn.
THE STAFF’S ROLE
Our teachers aim to communicate their subject with enthusiasm, expertise and sympathy; when this happens, problems such as laziness and lack of concentration tend to recede. Much is expected of our staff: apart from their normal academic responsibilities, they offer evening occupations during the winter terms, many coach games and athletics, they look after the school in the evenings and at weekends, and they take an interest in the general welfare and progress of all the children.
In the junior part of the school, that is to say Years 3, 4 and 5, it is the responsibility of the form teacher to look after the welfare of the children in their form. Allied to this, obviously, the child or a child’s parents should go first to their form teacher if they feel something is not quite right. In most cases, the form teacher should be able to sort out the problem; if this is not the case, the Headmaster or deputy Headmaster will be informed.
TUTORS & TUTEES
In the senior part of the school, that is to say Years 6, 7 and 8, each child is assigned a tutor. The tutor backs up the role of form teacher, by having a five to ten minute meeting with their tutee every week, thereby getting to know their tutee very well. The tutor speaks up for his or her tutees in staff and pastoral meetings and liaises with parents on a regular basis as well as writing tutee reports at the end of each term.