The Pastoral System
Bedale High School prides itself on its pastoral care of all its students. As a relatively small secondary school, we have the advantage of knowing students as individuals. Nevertheless, it is important to structure the organisation to make sure that the progress of each young person is monitored so that help can be provided when it is needed.
We run a Vertical Tutoring System which means students are arranged in groups for registration and the 15-minute pastoral time each day by House across all the age groups. These are called Family Tutor Groups. There is a strong emphasis on each group being a supportive team.
Within each group Year 11 students act as mentors to Year 7 students.
The Family Tutor
There are currently 7 forms in each of the 4 Houses which are named after Africa, The Americas, Europe, and Asia. Each House is led by a Head of House. Each Family Tutor Group (FTG) has its own Family Tutor.
The FTG meets for a registration and a pastoral period (15-mins) each day. Family Tutors make it their business to get to know all the members of their FTG well. They are the first people to whom students turn if a problem arises. If a subject teacher is concerned about the progress of a student in their class, he or she will first talk to the Family Tutor.
Special Educational Needs
The coordinator for Special Educational Needs/ Learning Support is Mrs Morton. She has special responsibility for the needs of any students who are encountering particular difficulties with their education for whatever reason. She keeps in touch with primary schools, parents, subject teachers and members of the County’s Student Support Services, who can offer expert help and advice.
The school has a long tradition of welcoming students with physical disabilities. The school has two shaft lifts to give easy access to all parts of the school. Within the resources available, the school attempts to meet the special educational needs of individual students according to the Code of Practice.
The Heads of House liaise with the SENCO and others where it is clear that a student is experiencing particular difficulties. Mrs Cleary also has responsibility for our ‘Looked After Children’.
The Support Team work with parents to meet the needs of students and supports those children who might be experiencing difficulties at school. If a child is supported by Student Support for any period of time this will have been determined at a meeting held with parents and other agencies as appropriate. It is our goal to ensure that the school has the best possible learning environment.
We recognise however that for a small minority of our students, developing a mature and responsible attitude to school and learning can be more problematic.
Human reproduction is taught in a factual sense to lower school students as part of the Science curriculum, and wider issues of sex education are introduced within General Studies, as students progress through the school. The Governors’ policy is that sex education should be taught honestly and thoroughly in a positive, trusting and caring environment. Young people are encouraged within a clear moral framework to value lasting relationships and the benefits of family life. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from General Studies lessons dealing with sex education if they wish.
Bedale High School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Bedale High School, follow the North Yorkshire Area Child Protection procedures and the LEA procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. The North Yorkshire ACPC website provides more information for parents. (www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk).
As indicated earlier, Bedale High School is also an Enhanced Mainstream School. HFA ASC (Higher Functioning Autistic) students are able to access the Enhanced Mainstream School provision under the special care and guidance of the teacher in charge.
The Enhanced Mainstream School Team liaise with parents, teachers and students as required, and are experts in dealing with any issues arising.