The Senior School has an excellent pastoral system in place which supports pupils from Year 7 to Year 11. The Head of Pastoral Care leads a team of experienced and dedicated Form Tutors with assistance from the Head of Ashdell Grove. The Form Tutor is the first point of contact for parents and pupils and plays a crucial part in ensuring the pastoral care of all in Senior School.
Form tutors meet their forms twice a day for morning and afternoon registration. They are also available at break and lunchtimes should an individual student need to see them. Form periods two or three times a week, allow further individual care and support of all pupils by our team of form tutors. The weekly rota of assemblies with carefully planned Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural topics so that a balance is maintained throughout the year. A girls and boys specific assembly allows certain issues to be discussed in a more appropriate forum. Year 11 have an assembly, allowing further support in the final GCSE Year at Senior School.
Form tutors meet regularly with the Head of Pastoral Care to ensure that every pupil is making progress academically and is happy. Form tutors also play a vital role in supporting the PSHEE programme, often discussing further or re-enforcing a topical issue during a form period. Some pupils are given the responsibility of organising an assembly on a SMSC issue.
The planner used by Year 7-11 gives all pupils a manageable way of organising the school week. This is checked by Form Tutors and allows communication between school and home. Our Credits system gives all pupils the chance to be rewarded for academic, social, moral and extra-curricular excellence and respect all Westbourne pupils aim. Pupils also know the discipline system, called strikes.
The Westbourne Journey in Key Stage 3 is monitored by the form tutors and all pupils are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of school life and to try to gain as many points as possible in the 5 areas of community service, citizenship, effort, events and activities.
The house system facilitates collaboration between year groups. Pupils are encouraged to take leadership roles and a range of inter-house competitions and challenges are run throughout the year.