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Introduction to Pastoral Care
At Blackheath High School we believe that helping a child to achieve her best, isn’t just a result of what happens in the classroom. We not only nurture the girls’ academic progress but looking after the “whole” person. This means thinking about their overall wellbeing, both physically and mentally to ensure they achieve their very best.
We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding level of pastoral care, as stated in our recent ISI inspection report: “The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is excellent. Organised pastoral structures and staff commitment to pupils’ welfare ensure that excellent support and guidance are given to pupils of all ages, in accordance with the school’s aims. Relationships between class teachers and pupils are excellent, ensuring a supportive environment.”
At Blackheath High School great emphasis is placed upon pastoral provision to ensure that our girls can develop as confident, happy, socially aware individuals with high aspirations and a willingness to embrace new challenges and experiences. This is achieved through individualised care within a traditional pastoral structure of dedicated Form tutors (who they see at the beginning and end of each day), Heads of Year and the Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral). Each girl enjoys membership of one of four houses and participates in an extensive extra-curricular programme, both of which encourage social interaction between girls in different tutor and year groups whilst furthering their breadth of interests. We also run a Peer Mentor Scheme, co-run by our School Nurse, and cater for more pressing emotional needs through partnership with The Deborah Ubee Trust, Greenwich, and our visiting school counsellor.
All form groups have PSHE lessons every two weeks focusing upon themes such as health education, sex and relationships education, citizenship, study skills and careers planning. In addition to Form Captains and Vice Captains, each form elects a representative to make suggestions and air the forms’ views about school life at the half-termly School Council meeting. Many girls also apply to become School Ambassadors who give guided tours for visitors and represent the school at formal events.
In response to the needs of others, our girls enthusiastically engage in fundraising for a broad range of charities throughout the year. We run PGL adventure residentials in Years 7 & 8 and older girls embark upon Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions to further instil an appreciation of the natural world and the ability to work collectively whilst challenging themselves physically.