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Pastoral Overview

We believe that good pastoral care is essential and can help students achieve their potential.

The school is divided into year groups, each with its own Head of Year. Each student is placed in a tutor group with a form tutor who takes a special and supportive interest in that group.

The school operates a rolling tutor system whereby each tutor and Year Head will stay with the same students throughout their five years at Heathfield.

We welcome all parents to contact us, usually via the Head of Year, whenever they feel it is necessary to do so. Parents can also contact members of the Senior Leadership Team directly when the need arises. Regular parent consultation evenings and an annual Tutor/Parent Interview Day are held which also help strengthen this vital partnership. The Home-School Agreement which outlines the partnership between student, parent and staff is reviewed annually and is in the student planners.

A team of Year 10 and 11 learning mentors have been trained to provide a support service for Year 7 and 8 students. Other Year 11 students also act as Year 7 Prefects and as Homework Prefects.

A range of support services are available for students including staff and business mentors, trained counsellors, a parent and family support advisor and a weekly clinic run by our school nurse

We also have a team of specialist Child Protection Officers.

Students are able to self-refer to any of the above as well as referrals from Year Heads and Parents.

We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps all of our students. We therefore aim to maintain an ethos where our students feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to.

Secondary School is a place where children start to learn to become adults. At Heathfield they can experience that transition in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.

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