Junior Site Pastoral care
On the Junior Site, it is the teachers who are ultimately responsible for the pastoral care of the students in their class, helping each of them to achieve and enjoy what they do. Students are expected to be good mannered, courteous and respectful of the feelings of others and that high standards of behaviour and values are maintained.
It is also important that the children get pleasure from both their own and others’ achievements. With this in mind, we have several pastoral support mechanisms in place to ensure that we quickly identify the needs of children and their families, addressing any learning or social issues effectively. This may be in the form of whole class activities, a small group intervention, or through 1:1 support delivered by outside agencies that we partner with.
Arriving at any new school can seem daunting so, from the time students are allocated a place, we try to make them feel part of King James Academy by inviting them and their parents in to the school on various occasions before the start of their first term. These are opportunities to get to know their new tutor and classmates, and to find their way around the school, so that they arrive for their first day in September confident that they belong here.
Our pupils’ pastoral needs are incredibly important to us and so we make sure we do everything possible to ensure their well-being. This includes having a school drama therapist and counsellor accredited by the HPCP and BACP, who meet pupils and support them with emotional difficulties. We are a Hub school for NESSie who supports parents, staff and students across Hertfordshire with positive mental health.