Academic success at Channing is partly achieved, we believe, when underpinned by an exceptional pastoral care framework which ensures that every student is supported and encouraged. Channing pupils enjoy a nurturing and positive environment that allows them to question, be free, think independently and gain confidence as they progress through the school. It is worthy to note that the Channing Code – The Channing Promise – was devised by pupils and this is adhered to by staff and pupils alike and forms the backbone of the school.
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.
Our pastoral system ensures that Year groups work collaboratively, creating a respectful partnership between pupils and staff. All members of the community have a shared commitment to achieve and enjoy success. Students know who they can talk to: a typical Channing day always features girls and staff chatting during break and lunchtimes and Form Tutors spending time with their Form to ensure their day is going well.
Pupils are allotted a form group and form activities, registration and PSHE time are spent with this group. Each group has a Form Tutor and a Co-Tutor. Pupils also have the opportunity to mix with other year groups as part of the House system. Older pupils provide peer subject mentoring and also participate in Form Time by leading activities and discussion sessions. All new Year 7 pupils are allotted a ‘Big Sister’ in Year 8 who ensures that any issues causing concern can be raised and discussed.