The Pastoral and Academic support for all students is run through a year group system. Each year group has a Head of Year and a Student Support Officer who move through the school with the year group from transition to the end of Year 11. Students also have a tutor who is with them throughout their time at Park. This consistency allows all aspects of students’ progress and development to be supported. It also allows for constructive and meaningful relationships and communications between home and school. Year group assembly focus is on the values of the school, current influences, topics related to their year groups, PSHEE topics and building the sense of belonging and working for each other.
Head of Year
The Head of Year is responsible for all students within the year group. The Head of Year will monitor, support, communicate and analyse all aspects of student development. The Head of Year will quickly establish relationships with students and their families, allowing for good home/school relations. The Head of Year is responsible for the academic, social, cultural and personal development of students across their Year. They are concerned about the progress, welfare, standards and safety of their students, working hard to ensure every student is known as an individual and achieves to the best of their ability.
One of the most important elements of The Park Community School is our House System. It is a source of pride and loyalty for students and staff alike. On entering the school each student will be placed into one of our five Houses: Chichester, Drake, Fortescue, Kingsley or Raleigh. House membership is denoted by uniform colour. Every term we hold inter-house competitions, events and activities which students become quickly engaged in. We hold House Assemblies and students are encouraged to become active members of their tutor groups and make a contribution to our School Council.
Head of House
The Head of House is responsible for all students in the House. This unique and respected system allows the feeling of belonging and fully compliments the Year Group structure as strong relations with students within the House will be developed. Each House will consist of approximately 300 students from Year 7 to Year 11. The Head of House will focus mainly on the students supporting the House in all activities. Heads of House will also fully encourage students to participate and record this participation with the Park Pillars school values. The Heads of House will run House Council to allow a strong student voice within the school.
The Tutor is a key member of our pastoral care. Tutors will stay with their tutees from Year 7 to the end of their time at the school in Year 11. This helps to develop meaningful and respectful relationships with tutees and their family. Students receive a 20 minute daily morning registration period with their Tutor as well as completing the Prep session at the end of the day. During this time they will be engaged in active citizenship, completing administration tasks, homework and uniform checks, collecting merits or discussing topical and relevant issues. This relationship, along with the Head of Year helps to build confidence, self-esteem and develop skills that will be useful as students move through the school.
Senior Leadership Team
The Deputy Headteacher works alongside other senior colleagues to support the work of Heads of Year, Heads of House, Student Support Officers and Tutors. Having key senior staff with responsibility for Inclusion, Student Support, Safety, Wellbeing and Community ensures that this remains a key feature of our school. We are rightly proud of our excellent reputation for our support systems and outstanding pastoral care.