Our commitment to student welfare
The pastoral care and support for our students is a priority for the Academy. We have a strong pastoral support network to ensure that no child is forgotten and that we effectively meet their pastoral needs.
Each student belongs to a year group family. The year group is led by an Excellence Leader and a Deputy Excellence Leader. These staff members work with the year group on a daily basis to support them with their learning and also to support them with any pastorals needs that they may have.
Additionally, each student is placed into one of 4 houses; Hawking, Luther King, Pankhurst or Parks House. Each house is led by a House Participation Leader. The House system permeates all aspects of school life and generates a healthy competitive spirit. The quality and range of extra-curricular activities helps students to develop their self-esteem and confidence to succeed.
In addition, the following pastoral support is available to our students and families;
– a SEND team comprising a SENDCo, Deputy SENDCo and a team of highly skilled Teaching Assistants;
– A Behaviour Support Team;
– A Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and 2 Deputy DSLs, both of whom are non-teaching and available daily to support our students;
– A school Medical Advisor (specialising in mental health) and a team of First Aiders, a number of whom are trained in mental health first aid;
– Attendance Officer;
We also pride ourselves on the work that we do with a range of external agencies and providers to ensure that our students are safe, happy and well.
This support network also includes;
- an SEND team comprising a SENDCo, Deputy SENDCo and a team of Teaching Assistants;
- A Behavior Support Team;
- A non-teaching Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and 3 Deputy DSLs;
- A school Medical Advisor (specialising in mental health);
- 2 Child and Family Support Workers;
- Attendance Manager;
- An Outdoor-Adventurous Activities Leader.
Standards of discipline and uniform are high at Smith’s Wood Academy. Our students know what good behaviour is and they demonstrate this in all that they do.