The pastoral care, guidance and support at Lliswerry is the responsibility of every member of staff and Lliswerry High School places great emphasis on the care, well-being and safe guarding of all the children with us. We are committed to creating an environment in which every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
The learners are well cared for by a dedicated team of pastoral staff who endeavour to encourage all to manage their own learning and behaviour as well as taking responsibility for developing their social skills to prepare them for when they leave school and embark on their next stage of learning.
The learners primary needs are met on a daily basis by their Form Tutor who is their first point of contact. Form Tutors are supported by a Head of Year as well as a Head of Key Stage and there are also additional pastoral support staff who work in each of the Key Stage offices. All of these members of staff work closely together to ensure the needs of all learners are met.
Key Stage 4 Team
Head of Year 10 – Mr J Smith
Head of Year 11 – Ms K Keohane
Head of Key Stage – Mr S Marshall
Pastoral Support Officers
Mrs P Brimble
Our focus at Key Stage 4 is to provide a curriculum for learners which will provide them with the qualifications and experiences they need to progress onto a wide range of further study, employment and/or training destinations. In Year 10 learners will study a range of core and optional subjects. One of their optional subjects will be completed by the end of Year 10 along with a number of Controlled Assessments. Learners progress to Year 11 with 1 qualification already achieved and continue with the second year of study, they will also select a further subject to complete in Year 11.
To enable learners to achieve their potential as an individual there is an important emphasis on strong pastoral care and academic support.
The school has a well established and clear system of pastoral care designed to encourage positive attitudes to work and learning. We believe that learning is best when learners are in an environment in which they feel safe and secure. Structures and procedures have been developed which will encourage all learners to fulfil their potential, promoting positive attitudes to learning within a caring and supportive environment.
We believe that no child can learn successfully when worried or unhappy. We therefore aim to provide a calm, ordered and caring environment in which learning can take place and in which the students feel valued members of the school community.
Learners also receive highly effective academic support to enable them to exceed their expectations. Lunchtime and after school support, Easter and May Half Term revision sessions and mentoring will give learners the opportunity to succeed. Academic tracking of each learner is undertaken in each subject towards achieving their target grade. This enables us to provide the appropriate intervention to support each individual.
Working in partnership with parents and learners the school will strive to secure the best outcomes for each learner, outcomes that will shape their futures.
Support for progression into the Sixth Form or on to a college placement or to secure employment is a supported process. We discuss future plans with each learner and help them to make informed decisions about their next stage of life. The vast majority of learners choose to remain in the Sixth Form and we provide an options evening and an option booklet to allow discussions to take place.
There are 2 of these held throughout the year for Year 11. The first, held in September gives parents/carers an opportunity to meet with their children’s Form Tutor and a member of the Pastoral/Senior Leadership team, to discuss any issues they have since the start of September and to consider the entry data into a very important year at school – one when examination outcomes dominate. The evening held in January is where parents/carers meet with subject staff to discuss the outcomes of the mock examinations and what further progress is required. For Year 10, one Parents’ Evening is held for discussions with the teaching staff.
All of the above is done in consultation with parents and carers who appreciate the efforts and time that the staff from both the Primary and Secondary schools put in to ensure that their children have the best possible experience in their education.
As with everything we do with Pastoral Care at Lliswerry, the partnership we continually reinforce is that between the learner, teacher and parent/carer.