We understand that every pupil is different. They learn in different ways and have different interests and areas of strength. Individual pupils also have different needs at different times. Our pastoral care strategy is geared towards helping each pupil discover where their particular talents lie and offering tailored support when they need it.
We have a highly personalised approach to meeting the academic, physical and emotional needs of every pupil. We use information and data from primary schools, our own assessments, national tests and from our meetings with pupils and their parents to make sure we know our pupils well and understand their individual needs.
A combination of outstanding learning and teaching, wide-ranging enrichment activities, regular opportunities for emotional and character development and an extensive programme of challenge and support enables us to maximise every pupil’s chance of success.
At Small Heath Leadership Academy, pupils are members of form groups led by a team of Form Tutors. Form Tutors are the first point of contact between home and the Academy. Form Tutors remain with their Year Group to ensure consistency as pupils progress through the Academy, nurturing strong relationships with pupils and their families.
Each Year Group is overseen by a Pastoral Lead, who monitors pupils’ progress and engagement with the Academy, and offers support as needed. Pastoral Leads work in conjunction with senior staff, whose job is to ensure that all of the pupils in their Year Group are benefitting from the highest standards of pastoral care.
The Pastoral Team is also supported by a Senior Leader designated to their Year Group. The Assistant Principal (Behaviour) has overall responsibility for quality assuring and monitoring pastoral care.
We believe that all pupils must be enabled to feel safe in the Academy. We offer a full programme of activities during morning registration time aimed at personal and pastoral development, as well as an assembly programme with visiting speakers and advice on healthy living.