The Christian Brothers’ Grammar School is dedicated to the provision of a high quality of Pastoral Care to all our pupils and parents can be confident in the knowledge that their child will be educated in a safe and caring environment. We actively promote a welcoming atmosphere where pupils feel valued and supported. It underpins everything that we do. A range of staff are involved in providing this support for our pupils. These include:
- Vice Principal with specific responsibility for pastoral care;
- Heads of School who monitor the progress of each pupil across all subjects and maintain links between the school and home;
- Heads of Year work closely with the Heads of School and individual pupils to ensure that each pupil fulfils their potential.
- Learning Mentors – we have two learning mentors in the school who provide individualised support and guidance to a small number of students in particular who may be experiencing difficulties or at risk of underachievement.; and
- Form Teachers who meet the pupils in their registration class every morning and promote a positive attitude to school work, homework, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.
In order to meet the pastoral needs of pupils more effectively the school has developed a Wellbeing Centre this year, led by the Vice Principal with overall responsibility for Pastoral Care. This centre includes:
- a Mentoring Room
- an after school Study Support facility and
- a large Games Room.
The Learning Mentors work closely with individual pupils identified through our pastoral system as requiring support to enable them to overcome barriers to their learning and self-esteem. They liaise closely with teachers, parents and external support agencies, frequently acting as a supportive link between the family and school.
The Wellbeing Centre incorporates a mentoring room which is equipped with soft furnishings, tea-making facilities, a television, a Play Station 2 and a Wii console. It serves a range of purposes during a school week and can be accessed with permission by a pupil who is unwell or upset or even when he just needs some “time out”. Either the Vice Principal for Pastoral Care or the Learning Mentor will always be available should a pupil need support during the school day – a friendly face and listening ear will never be too far away! At lunch time it is a safe and quiet area for pupils to eat lunch while they watch a DVD, under the watchful eye of the Learning Mentor.