The pastoral care system supports and promotes the shared values and aims of the school of ‘Excellence for All’. It is an integral part of the life of the school, underpinning the academic work of the school, working tirelessly to remove any barriers to learning. A committed team of professionals in school work closely with all stakeholders and external agencies to ensure students can fulfil their academic potential whilst also flourishing as well rounded individuals. Our ethos is based on the Wyrley Way which promotes Respect and Responsibility for oneself and others, an ethos which can be felt throughout the school. Safeguarding and child protection are central to the pastoral system as we believe only safe and happy students will truly fulfil their potential.
At Great Wyrley Academy the Pastoral structure is based on vertical House teams led by a Head of House. Each House consists of a tutor group from each year group. The Head of House leads half termly meetings with House tutors to share good pastoral practice. There are regular House assemblies led by the Head of House, which focus on raising aspirations and developing emotional, physical and mental well being. The Heads of House are a really strong team of committed colleagues ably supported by a number of other staff.
Assistant Head of Houses support the four Heads of House. They are all experienced in the many aspects of pastoral work and are a valued resource in support of the work of the Head of House.
The vertical organisation of the Houses is a real strength. The benefits of older students working with younger students and mixed age assemblies are enormous in promoting cohesion and unity across the school.
The Head of House strives to:
Lead their team in pursuit of excellence.
Empower students with the basic skills, experiences, knowledge and attitudes that are required for work and leisure in a rapidly developing society so that students become active, confident and responsible members of the community.
Lead their team in maintaining high standards of attendance and behaviour and in maintaining an orderly atmosphere that supports the ethos of the school.
Provide an atmosphere in which all students are confident that they are safe, valued and respected.
Enable students to achieve their true academic potential by supporting the academic curriculum and the work of the Faculty and Curriculum Leaders.
Encourage students to respect others and the school environment.
Encourage students to be responsible members of the school community.
Strengthen the links between parent/carer and the school, recognising that education is a shared task involving students, home and the school