At William Lovell C of E Academy we believe a settled pastoral team is critical to each student’s wellbeing, success and happiness. All students are allocated a tutor group on joining the school. To support with transition into Year 7 we endeavour to place our new intake with at least one other pupil whom they know, as this familiarity can help overcome any anxieties associated with moving into secondary education. Our form tutors will typically remain with the same group of students as they move through the year groups.
Another layer of pastoral support are the Aspirational Leaders. These are members of staff who look after and manage the year tutor groups at:
Year 7 : Ms E Palmer - Aspirational Lead (Transition and Key Stage 3)
Year 8 and 9 combined : Mrs E Tarjanyi - Aspirational Lead (Key Stage 3)
Year 10 and 11 combined: Mr C Wilson - Aspirational Lead (Key Stage 4)
Their role predominantly is focused on promoting the many positive aspects of life in the Academy – the weekly and termly rewards programmes which take place, for example. They will also support with any issues where additional support or intervention is required for an individual student. The Aspirational Leaders will present in assembly to each year group weekly, as well as organise a ‘tutor-time’ activity routine which will help develop the community spirit of each tutor group and the whole year group.
It is recommended that the first point of contact for any parent / carer enquiry is with their child’s form tutor.
The Wellbeing Team
William Lovell C of E Academy is fortunate to have a dedicated team of Wellbeing Staff. The team comprises a Wellbeing Officer and two Wellbeing Mentors. These members of staff can be contacted my telephoning the school office or by requesting a meeting with them by asking any member of staff. They can also be contacted directly via a dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further Support and Information
There is a wealth of information and support available on the internet. We particularly recommend the following free services:
Kooth – online mental wellbeing community – information, forum, live chat
Young Minds – online information and helpline support
The Mix – online information, helpline, counselling service