Pastoral care lies at the heart of all we do at Dormston; we believe that our core principles should run through everything.
The main outcome for all our pupils should be that they:
- are respectful to others
- are committed to being part of the Dormston Community
- achieve their best by approaching their learning in the correct way
All staff hold responsibilities but the most significant teacher is the form tutor who will:
- get to know each individual in the form
- help each child to settle in and feel confident
- ensure children establish a productive and effective pattern of work
- talk and listen to each pupil
- monitor attendance, punctuality, homework, school uniform and general behaviour
Our well planned Life Skills programme supports the needs of our pupils. We look at diverse themes including bullying, children's rights, multiculturalism, body image,politics and democracy, revision, careers education, financial awareness, preparing for interviews and drugs education.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & ASSEMBLY
All pupils are encouraged to develop spiritual, moral and social awareness and to understand and respect each other’s faith as well as taking pride in their own. They are all taught RE in accordance with the Education Reform Act; RE and school assemblies – some if which are celebratory in nature - are consistent with the Christian tradition. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from assemblies and/or RE lessons on the grounds of conscience and those who wish to explore this right should contact the Headteacher in writing.
SEX & RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
Sex and Relationship Education is compulsory in all secondary schools. At Dormston the work completed during Personal and Social Education lessons aims to support teaching by parents and carers. The purpose of Sex and Relationship Education is to provide knowledge about loving relationships and an awareness of personal safety. This included a study of STI's and their effects and how these can be avoded. There is also awareness raised of pregnancy and parenthood. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the value of stable family life, marriage and the responsibilities of parenthood. The present teaching materials have been developed with specialist help from the LA. Parents and carers may indicate that they wish to withdraw their child from the Sex and Relationship Education programme. Anyone wishing to discuss their concerns should contact their child’s Head of House. Please see school Sex and Relationship Policy.