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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is of the utmost importance within both schools of the preparatory Department. The creation and maintenance of a happy, safe and secure learning environment for children and staff is vital for all parts of the school community to learn and function effectively.

Each school has staff responsible for Child Protection (CP) and Pastoral Care (PC). The Pastoral Care teacher administers and monitors the anti-bullying and incident books. These are completed by members of staff who either witness or have issues reported to them by pupils, parents or other members of staff. The Preparatory Department wholeheartedly supports the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Federation anti-bullying policies and partcices (

Circle time and other PDMU strategies are used by staff to promote positive behaviour, team-work and conflict resolution in classes. Assemblies are also used to back up these messages and also to address issues which may arise at a whole school level e.g. a serious accident to a pupil, a serious case of bullying or a bereavement of a member of the school community.

Effective supervision is a key area for preventing child protection issues. This is frequently reviewed at meetings of staff at whole school, Key Stage and Senior Management Team levels.

Pupil Support

Whilst a high standard of attainment is expected of all children at both Downey and Fullerton House, it is recognised that from time to time some children may experience specific difficulties with their work. Provision is made to deal with these difficulties in small groups or individually with the employment of our own Learning Support Teacher for the Preparatory Departments.

Please click here for a copy of the Preparatory Department's Safeguarding Policies booklet.