The College has a long tradition of commitment to pastoral care and places great emphasis on the moral and social welfare and development of our pupils as well as their intellectual, physical and cultural needs. The staff are aware of the concerns that may come from attending a large school and so everything possible is done to create a family atmosphere.
There is a close working relationship between the academic structure of the College and the members of staff involved in pastoral care as we believe that effective pupil support is dependent on the contribution of all members of staff. There is a Vice-Principal responsible for pastoral care together with a Head of Pastoral Care and a team of teaching staff involved in the Form System. A school nurse is on site to assist with pupils’ medical issues.
Around 63 tutor groups meet each morning providing staff and pupils with the opportunity to establish a relationship which allows tutors to gauge the general welfare and demeanour of the children and young adults, to show interest in the progress, activities and achievements of individuals, to offer guidance and encouragement and to build a sense of community within the College.
Methody is completely opposed to bullying and will not tolerate it. It is entirely contrary to the values and principles we live by and the ethos of the school. All pupils have a right to be taught (and staff have a right to work) in a secure, caring environment, free from the threat of abuse. Everyone in the College has a responsibility to contribute in whatever way they can to the protection and maintenance of such an environment. If bullying does occur, it will be dealt with promptly, effectively and appropriately.
The College pastoral care team provides informed and sensitive guidance to support pupils in their personal development and in times of personal, family or social difficulty.
Some pupils may at certain times benefit from the opportunity to work through any difficulties with a trained counsellor.
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