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Pastoral Care

Our aim at Blackheath High School is to promote each pupil's personal, vocational and academic development. We believe that people work better when they are well cared for and our staff always make time for their pupils.

A well-developed system of pastoral care is in place, which aims to:

  • provide effective support, advice and guidance for all pupils,
  • monitor their academic progress and personal development,
  • ensure that measures are in place to promote good behaviour and a positive learning environment.

Each form is a maximum of 24 pupils (16 in Nursery) and is looked after by a form tutor, who is assisted by a Teaching Assistant and overseen by a head of section. In this way, we ensure that girls receive individual care and attention and we pick up on problems quickly. The school also operates a vertical 'buddy system' and we have procedures in place to deal with and solve any friendship issues quickly.

"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.  The ‘Buddy Group’ system links pupils of different ages in groups with a teacher and supports the highly caring and inclusive community."  ISI

Junior School Council

It is important that the Junior girls have an understanding of today's society and their role within it. Therefore, we encourage the democratic process through the School Council.

The School Council members (Year 1 and above) are chosen democratically by their class peers. Councillors represent the views of the girls in their form and present these views for discussion and action by the School Council. They then report back to the form members. Some of the Year 6 girls serve as the School Council Executive and are involved in writing minutes of meetings. The School Council has most recently been involved in improving playground activities and resources.

The Junior department also supports many charities, e.g. Cancer Research UK, Jeans for Genes, British Heart Foundation and the Salvation Army.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

In the Junior Department PSHE is often delivered in a cross-curricular fashion. It is also delivered through the assembly programme and through Circle Time.



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After School Club Autumn 2015 term letter Download
After School Club Booking Form Autumn 2015 Download
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Breakfast Club letter Autumn 2015 Download