Our belief in a shared value system ensures an orderly, supportive and safe school environment which allows learners to thrive. Pupils are carefully organised into Year 7 tutor groups and a residential experience reinforces these new groupings. It kick-starts new relationships, fosters friendships and a sense of shared responsibility which is developed further as the tutor group, with their Tutor and Pastoral Manager, move through years 7-11 together.
These key adults oversee personal and academic development during daily tutor time and termly tutor periods. Pupils are regularly rewarded for their achievements through our merit system in Year 7 and ACE system in Years 8 – 11. The success of pupils is celebrated in assemblies and at graduation events. Our Pastoral Managers are on-call throughout the day and have an excellent reputation for resolving any anxieties, pupil or parental, communicating effectively and efficiently.
We use many vehicles for parental engagement and to give parents a voice – evening events to share information at key moments on the learning journey, the website ‘feedback’, the Learning Gateway, contact diaries, graduation ceremonies, Friends of Hardenhuish parents’ association, parent and pupil consultations. We encourage pupils to set aspirational targets and we support them through regular dialogue with our parents so that we can match, or exceed, expectations.