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Introduction

Bloomfield Collegiate School’s pastoral support is of crucial importance in creating an environment where our pupils feel secure, know they are valued, and are being educated in a caring community.

We were delighted when the Inspectorate reported that the “the quality of the pastoral care is very good” in the school. However, we are also dedicated to continuous improvement, and we provide an evolving, responsive and comprehensive Personal Development programme for each pupil, evaluated regularly through consultation with contributions from all staff members, pupils and parents.

If you have arrived at this page because you have a concern, no matter how big or small, we suggest that your first step should be to get in touch with your daughter’s Form Teacher or Head of Year and we will try to talk through ways of dealing with the concern.

It is difficult for any written text to convey the quality of pastoral care. Many visitors to the school comment on the friendliness of the girls and the welcome they receive from the moment they walk through the front doors. We hope you get a sense of that warmth from the following outline of our pastoral care.

Learning Support

The Learning Support Department provides assistance to all members of the school community, whether through individual advice and one-to-one help, group or whole class support, advice to teaching and support staff or testing students to facilitate exam access arrangements. Some students arrive with diagnosed difficulties while others may be identified while at Bloomfield Collegiate though a process of screening and careful observation by our teachers. We pride ourselves on having an open door policy, and mentor many students throughout the school to achieve their potential.

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Mentoring

Each year, Year 14 girls are invited to train as Mentors and join the Pastoral Team. They are assigned to junior classes, getting to know them and offering useful guidance from their own school experiences. A school day can be fast-paced, especially for girls in Year 8, but our nurturing and supportive mentoring system is capable of dealing with many challenges, including if your daughter needs help to find her misplaced sports kit or calculator!

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Wellbeing and Academic Success

Our pastoral policies and practice receive strong support from all members of staff. We believe that positive academic, social and personal outcomes are supported by strong pastoral care within the school. Every day in class, our pupils are taught to work with their peers, building friendships and valuing the contributions and views of others. We encourage the girls to become sympathetic and sensitive to each other’s needs, developing the skills and resilience necessary to face the challenges of GCSE and A-Level examinations.

Whether they are in the classroom or in extra-curricular activities, the girls’ achievements are recognised and celebrated. We have a Merit System and a Gifted and Talented programme. Successes are also rewarded every week in assembly presentations and, of course, at the annual Prize Day ceremony.

Raising a Concern

Our mission statement of Excellence in a Caring Community is reflected in our day to day conduct. Honesty, compassion, tolerance, courtesy and determination are values implicit to our work and relationships. By our attitudes we strive to promote a school as a safe environment in which everyone feels involved, supported, valued and satisfied.

If you have a concern about your own child or any other child, please contact the DT or a DDT without delay. 

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The House System

The House System exists to encourage girls to take a full part in a wide range of school activities, to provide a smaller focus of loyalty within the school and to give the opportunity to a larger number of girls to exercise responsibility and leadership.

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School Council

A wide variety of issues are discussed at our School Council meetings.. These can range from healthy eating to the location of lockers. Issues and points raised by the School Council have been important in shaping school policy.

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The Pastoral Programme