pastoral care

Pastoral care

Happiness and welfare is a priority

The happiness and general welfare of our girls is of prime importance and all members of staff are involved in pastoral care. We encourage a safe and supportive learning environment in which everyone feels safe, comfortable and secure.

Our structured programme of Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE) aims to build self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. It also raises awareness about important health-related issues.

The girls have regular ‘circle time’ sessions, a forum in which they can discuss issues of common interest and help one another. This helps to enhance social skills, develop self-esteem and to initiate collective responsibility.

The girls also learn about citizenship, making a positive contribution to their community, about the institutions of British life and culture and e-safety.

Healthy and nutritious food

A dedicated catering team provides fresh, home-cooked lunches, including a vegetarian option, and we support local businesses wherever possible. The girls choose from a variety of tasty hot and cold foods and enjoy Meat- Free Mondays. Parents can plan evening meals with the help of our online menus. We also have a vegetable garden within the school grounds and children are encouraged to sample unusual fruits and vegetables.

Communication

We aim to communicate frequently and effectively, as we believe the partnership between school and home is paramount. This is achieved through parents and staff communicating: via the message books/ homework diaries, talking in the playground after school, during periods of availability or on the telephone. Every teacher sets aside a time in the week when they are available for parents to contact them by telephone or by appointment to discuss issues concerning their daughters.

All girls adhere to the Channing Promise

Pupils developed The Channing Promise to articulate the School’s core values and Code of Conduct to which every member of the School commits.

At Channing School, we:

  • Treat everyone with respect and kindness.
  • Think of others and be aware of their feelings.
  • Create a positive and supportive environment where we have the freedom to act, think and be heard.
  • Make the most of the opportunities we are given.
  • Treat all people fairly.