The safety and overall happiness of our pupils is of paramount importance to us. As a school, we work together to safeguard the development and welfare of children, ensuring that their emotional needs are met, and that each one feels safe, nurtured, supported and confident. We believe that in order for our pupils to thrive, they need to feel valued for who they are and be supported and encouraged to be their very best.
Our outstanding pastoral care programme is integral to the school culture and we encourage openness and honesty across our Sinclair House community.
As a “talking” school, pupils are encouraged to share their feelings across all areas of school life. Pupils can have some one-to-one time with the Pastoral Deputy Head, a little chat with our School Listener, make a suggestion through the school Post Box, or leave a note in the Worry Box if they prefer to communicate something personal in a quieter way.
"The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is excellent...relationships between staff and pupils, and amongst the pupils themselves are very positive & supportive."
ISI REPORT, MARCH 2014
We are committed to maintaining a safe and happy environment where children feel secure and we maintain a strict "zero-tolerance" policy with regard to bullying. Staff promote positive behaviour, in accordance with our overall aims and ethos, placing a great importance on the children's social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
Our unique PSHEE scheme focuses on building emotional intelligence and mindfulness amongst pupils, in tandem with their academic journey.
Each class designs their own “Mood Meter” and Class Charter for the academic year ahead, enabling pupils to learn how to articulate feelings and recognise energy levels. These are actively used throughout each school day and comprise an important part of School Life.
In the Prep, pupils have the opportunity to re-calibrate with a mindfulness session at break time several times a week, building those quiet moments into the day for those who benefit from them.
The development of good social and inter-personal skills is embedded in our teaching from the nursery upwards, and we work to cultivate a culture of empathy across the school.
We hold a "Pastoral Assembly" every Monday morning, which allows pupils to share thoughts on a certain subject and develop their ideas together across all year groups.
Opportunities to perfom and present views are encouraged throughout the school, with designated clubs, informal and formal concerts, the annual art exhibition and class assemblies. We love to celebrate the talents of our pupils and peers enjoy supporting their friends in variety of ways, inside and outside the classroom.
Equally our staff like to award House Points, special mentions and chance cards for such displays of achievement.
"Exemplary behaviour is fostered well within each class...
robust procedures, which are well implemented by staff, promote good behaviour & guard against bullying."
ISI REPORT, MARCH 2014