Wellbeing and Pastoral Care
The wellbeing of every member of the school community is at the heart of everything we do at Spring Grove. Pastoral care is provided by staff who know all the children well, thanks to small class sizes and staff ratios that allow for individual attention for every child. The family focus and ethos of the school means that the wellbeing of our children is embedded in our daily routine, in the curriculum, and in our extra-curricular activities.
Here are just a few examples of what we do:
- PSHE is taught across the whole school and all our staff are trained and have ongoing training in mental health awareness.
- Three of our staff are trained as Mental Health First Aiders.
- Singing for everyone is a major focus at Spring Grove – we sing together regularly and singing helps to release stress and boost self-confidence in children of all ages.
- Our Friday assemblies allow all of our children to take their turn to participate and shine, and the themes help the children to explore some thought-provoking issues.
- The school stands in 14 acres of grounds, and unless the weather is very bad indeed children are outside every day.
- Forest School is an integral part of the curriculum, allowing children to explore new ideas and skills and to develop independence.
Pastoral Care – Form Teachers
Our form teachers are vitally important people in the lives of our children, and are the first point of contact for parents, for academic issues or for pastoral care. Form teachers act on any concerns that may arise, and regular meetings ensure that the children’s progress is discussed and targets set.
We have four school Houses – Austen, Dickens, Conrad and Chaucer – named after four famous authors who all had an association with Kent. All children in Years 1 – 6 belong to one of the Houses, as do all members of the teaching staff. The House system offers the children a chance to get to know each other throughout the age range. House sports events encourage teamwork as does the celebrated House Jamboree. We also have a range of House events throughout the year including a maths challenge, poetry competition, and Sports Day.
Wellbeing – Rewards
Praise forms an integral part of our teaching methods. From start to finish the children receive praise for a job well done, for politeness shown, for consideration shown to others. From a simple “well done” to an award presented in assembly, all children receive praise which provides the necessary stimulus to progress. Stars are awarded for something outstanding that the pupil may have done within the classroom, on the sports field or specifically to do with Music, Art or any of the numerous clubs and activities on offer. The teacher can determine how many stars the pupil should receive for the outstanding piece of work or effort.
Jelly the Giraffe is the House Mascot that everyone wants! Every Friday Jelly is awarded to the House that has earned the most stars during the previous seven days. Underlying this friendly competition is the encouragement that is given to the children to do their best for their Houses, for each other and for themselves.
Spring Grove School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All members of staff and volunteers receive training and guidance on safeguarding matters. In addition, we have several staff members who have received more intensive training to ensure that the welfare of the children is central to our aims, including our Safeguarding Leads and Mental Health First Aiders.
If anyone has any concerns regarding the safeguarding and wellbeing of children at our school, these should be brought to the attention of:
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Emily Clark (01233 812337 / email@example.com)
Early Years DSL
Naomi Blows (01233 812337 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nominated Safeguarding Governor
Tanya Lee (01233 812337 / email@example.com)