We are proud of the exceptional pastoral care our students (and staff) receive and we invest considerable energy and resources in their wellbeing. Our 2020 vision sets out 3 core aims in this area:
- We are a mutually supportive community with shared vision and values.
- We are a school where welfare is at the heart of decision-making, with physically and mentally well students and staff.
- Everyone in our community is known as an individual and supported to achieve their full potential.
In year 7, our number one priority is for students to feel happy and settled when they first arrive. Students joining us at age 11 are supported by their Form Tutor, a specialised Head of Year 7 and a team of Year 11 mentors. From year 8 through to year 11, students usually then retain the same tutor and Head of Year wherever possible, allowing lasting trusting relationships to grow and develop before in years 12 and 13 our team of Sixth Form specialists take over.
All pupils at Pate's have weekly access to a school nurse and counselling is also available for students who are identified as needing additional support. For a small number of students with particular health or medical needs, additional support from our 'Hub' is also available. Staffed by specialists, this supportive environment ensures that we are able to nurture and support all individual students in our care.
'Supporting Each Other' is at the heart of our 2020 Vision, and at the heart of what we do as a school. We are a school built on relationships and respect, rather than rules. We think that it makes us a very special community to be a part of.
“The quality of relationships is marked by respect and good humour.” (Ofsted)