Pastoral care is central to the ethos of Windermere School. We are a welcoming and friendly school with a happy working environment for both children and staff alike because of the excellent relationships we build with one another. We believe that happy children are more resilient and therefore do well academically, socially and emotionally.
All our children are able to talk freely and openly to any member of staff if they have any concerns on a work or personal level. Staff respond to children in an appropriate manner, offering advice, support, guidance and reassurance in conjunction with our other policies, including our Child Protection Policy.
The Form Teacher or the member of staff on duty resolves minor difficulties, worries or upsets involving any child which arise in or out of the classroom.
The child concerned usually participates in any discussion about an incident as this is a valuable part of learning.
All concerns about a child’s behaviour, health or welfare, are referred to the Head Teacher. We positively encourage good behaviour and have a system of rewards and sanctions in place to reinforce the positive and discourage the negative.
All staff are positive role models to pupils, encouraging the development of good manners and respect for all.
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.