At Tyntesfield we believe it is of crucial importance to create an atmosphere in which all pupils: feel secure; know they are valued as individuals; are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development in a healthy and safe environment. Our curriculum encourages the development of skills to equip pupils to deal with the challenges they face in life, as well as providing opportunities for pupils to exercise individual and social responsibility. As a staff we share responsibility for the care and welfare of all pupils, working alongside the pastoral care team to support the needs of all pupils.
At Tyntesfield we aim to encourage and develop pupils to:
-be interested in learning and with a keen sense of personal worth;
-be confident in relationships with peers, parents, teachers and other adults;
-be able to cope with success and failure; joy and sorrow; the ups and downs of everyday life;
-demonstrate a responsible attitude towards self and others;
-be able to apply a range of coping strategies to suitably manage a situation;
-have a fundamental understanding of social skills necessary for adult life.
-Develop a resilient attitude to overcoming personal difficulties
Any pastoral concerns raised by a member of staff about a child will be shared with parents. As a parent, you have the right to refuse any form of pastoral intervention for your child. Pastoral support will be provided initially by the class teacher, in the form of 1:1 or group interventions. If no further improvement is made, a key adult within school will complete a 'Boxall Profile' about the child. This is a strengths and difficulties questionnaire which provides a clear overview of any social and emotional needs and personalised targets. These will be shared on a Individual Learning Plan with parents and any additional adults working with the child. At this stage, the child may re- ceive further pastoral support from the Pastoral care team, this support could range from 1:1 informal discussions to organised group games, using tailored resources.
Branching Out is an element of support provided by the pastoral department at Tyntesfield. Branching Out ses- sions are carried out in the school's woodland area, incorporating elements of Forest School. The premise of the sessions is to deliver pastoral support for children who may require social, emotional and communication intervention. The woodland area is used during the sessions due to the proven restorative impact of nature, specifically when engaging with nature over a regular period of time.
Children will complete individual Branching Out Passports, to be tailored to individual needs during their sessions. Pupil progression towards key social / emotional goals (personalised for each pupil) through focussed activities will be assessed. Assessment includes analysing behaviour records, class teacher feedback and academic progress.
Pupils very much enjoy coming to school... They feel safe in the stimulating environment into which they are warmly welcomed... One pupil stated that, ‘You can be yourself here.’