Outstanding pastoral care is at the heart of all we do at The Manor. We cherish and nurture each child as a unique individual and our most recent inspection report noted that our pastoral care is “excellent”.
We take pride in being a listening school and all members of the school community are encouraged to talk freely about any issue.
Having a positive understanding of our mental health and wellbeing has never been more important and we actively promote this throughout our curriculum, assemblies and in our teaching of Mindfulness.
Throughout the school Form Teachers take exceptionally good care of their pupils, lead circle times and are always available to talk to children and parents alike. Form Teachers teach our children personal, social, health, relationship and economic education through our ‘Learning for Life’ lessons. These lessons include teaching on keeping safe in and outside of school as well as online. At lunchtime staff eat with the children and get to know them really well.
The School Nurse is based in a comfortable and colourful room from which she dispenses any medical requirements, good advice and plenty of TLC. She supports the Year 5 and 6 PSHEE and Science programmes which include Drugs Awareness Day and an introduction to puberty.
Our Buddy Groups provide an extra layer of pastoral care in Years 3-6. All children are placed in a Buddy Group of about 8 pupils from a mix of Years 3-6 which meets four times a term. When the Buddy Group meets, the children do unusual and fun team-building activities and form new friendships with each other and a strong bond with the Buddy Teacher.
The pupils in each group are always from the same House. The group is attached to the same ‘Buddy Teacher’ for the duration of their time at The Manor.
What our inspection report says:
“The pupils display excellent levels of confidence and self-esteem. They develop their self- knowledge and self-discipline in a caring, nurturing and balanced environment.”
“They exhibit a very clear appreciation of the importance of relationships and care for the wider world through mature discussions and reflection of the deeper issues of life, such as appreciating the differences and uniqueness of everyone.”
“Pupils display an excellent understanding of behavioural expectations from both themselves and others. The environment created at the school embodies the ethos of kindness, inclusivity and respect. Pupils demonstrate an outstanding moral awareness based upon shared values and mutual respect”
“Pupils enthusiastically embrace diversity and cultural traditions. They develop a mature approach through experience and exploration of both their own and other cultures. This is promoted though the curriculum; external visits; an extensive personal, social, health and economic education (PSHEE) programme; discussions at circle time; school assemblies and visitors to the school.”