- Outstanding care, guidance and support underpin successful academic achievement and excellent personal development
- Students feel entirely safe and secure in the school
- Exceptionally good partnerships with other providers and agencies underpin…the excellent care, guidance and support. Ofsted 2010
Pastoral care is strong at Testbourne and is overseen by the Assistant Headteacher who leads our Student Support/Behaviour team. This includes house leaders, support assistants, our special needs and gifted and talented co-ordinators and first aiders. Young people need to feel safe and secure in order to thrive academically and socially; our team works hard to ensure that this is the case and to help students and their families deal with problems if and when they arise.
We have a house system, with three houses, Beech, Oak and Willow, each led by a Head of House, who is also a teacher, each supported by a non-teaching Pastoral Support Assistant. Students are organised into small, mixed-aged tutor groups, with a tutor who will usually look after the group for the whole of their time at Testbourne. The tutor gets to know the students in their group very well indeed and is usually the first “port of call” for students and parents alike.
Our vertical tutoring system also means that students in different year groups get to know each other well, with the older students being able to mentor and support the younger ones.
It is really important that students know there is someone they can talk to if they need advice or have any worries – and our experienced Student Support/Behaviour team is there to provide a wide range of valuable support, including: social and behavioural matters, coping in the classroom, health and diet issues and even, sadly, sometimes bereavement.
We also benefit from a strong partnership from a number of outside agencies such as the School Medical Service, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and the Education Welfare Service. The school also employs a part-time counsellor and a personal advisor to provide advice at times of difficulty.