At the heart of everything we do at Dame Allan's Junior School is a concern for the welfare of each of our pupils. We are incredibly proud of the pastoral support that we offer our children.
One of the benefits of our diamond structure is that each school has its own well-established pastoral system designed to create a caring and supportive framework for each pupil. Our pupils are part of smaller groups who are looked after and guided by staff who are experienced and trained in dealing with issues which affect specific age ranges and genders.
Pastoral care at Dame Allan’s Junior School and Nursery is overseen by the Deputy Head and prioritises the well-being of each and every child in our care; we strongly believe that a happy child learns best.
‘The excellent level of pastoral care ensures that pupils grow in both self-confidence and self-esteem and so develop into resilient young adults, ready for the next stage in their lives.’
In the Junior School and Nursery, we work to ensure there is an environment in which each child feels cared for and important, enabling them to grow into happy, confident and resilient individuals. This is achieved, not only through our formal pastoral system, but through the excellent relationships developed between the children and all adults in the school.
Day to day pastoral issues are met by class teachers who know the children very well and are fully aware of their individual circumstances and needs; where necessary this is further supported by the phase leaders. As part of our dedicated pastoral team, we also benefit from the services of our school nurse and a counsellor who provides play therapy should a child require specific support.
At Dame Allan’s there are stringent safeguarding procedures in place to ensure every child who is a registered pupil at Dame Allan’s is safe and protected from harm.
In the Junior School and Nursery, all safeguarding matters are lead by:
Mrs D M Farren, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs P Ferguson, Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead
However, everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. We recognise that our staff play a particularly important role as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating.