Parents can avail of the opportunities to visit the school to discuss the progress and particular needs of their children. For example, each Head of Year holds an open evening to outline the challenges the pupils will face that academic year. These information sessions, held near to the start of the academic year, provide parents with a particular opportunity to speak with the Head of Year. At other times, an appointment can be made by contacting the school.
“My daughter needed pastoral care help in school, and I cannot speak highly enough of the staff or of the school pastoral system itself. My daughter was treated as an individual case, and staff invested a lot of time with her. In their dealings with her, the teachers showed the highest integrity and discretion in supporting her, and that really did help her through the problems. I would select Bloomfield Collegiate School for any future children based on the pastoral care system alone.”Parent
Raising a Concern or Making a complaint
The Designated Teacher for Child Protection (DT) is Mrs J Wharry. The Deputy Designated Teachers for Child Protection (DDT) are Mr G Greer, Mrs J Waterworth, Mrs S Barrett, Mrs E Mc Ferran, Mrs E Stevenson, Miss R Murray and Mr C Turner.
If you have a concern about your own child or any other child, please contact the DT or a DDT without delay. The DT or DDT will inform the Principal, discreetly clarify the facts of the allegation, and refer the matter to Social Services or PSNI if considered necessary. On occasion, advice may be sought from the Education Authority Child Protection Support Services for Schools. If required, the Principal will report to the Chairperson of the Board of Governors.
If considered appropriate, the DT or a DDT will provide feedback to the person who raised the 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.
In accordance with the aims of our school and to fulfil our statutory obligation under The Children Order (Northern Ireland) 1995, we have in place a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
The essential principle which underpins the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is that the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration at all times.
If you have a query about the BCS Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, feel free to contact the DT, a DDT or the Principal. The full Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available to download from our policies page or on request from Reception.
Keeping Our Pupils Safe
We take preventive measures to protect our pupils and to promote their emotional and physical safety. For example:
- The welfare of the child is the paramount consideration.
- Form teachers and Heads of Year support pupils.
- Staff have regular Safeguarding & Child Protection training.
- A number of staff are trained in First Aid.
- Visitors to school must report through Reception.
- Staff and volunteers are vetted in accordance with DE guidance.
- We encourage pupils to talk about their worries.
- The Independent Counselling Service for School operates within school.
- We promote safeguarding within a preventative curriculum.
- We teach pupils about internet safety.
- The School Council provides pupils with an opportunity to have their voice heard.
We understand that the daily school life doesn’t end with the ringing of a bell. We have a progressive attitude towards pastoral care. We endeavour to tackle internet and online issues, encouraging our girls to meet these challenges. Further information is available in our Social Media Policy which is available to download from our dedicated policies page.
Pupil participation is at the very centre of our pastoral programme. The girls are very aware of factors which help or hinder their learning in school so pupil voice is encouraged through the School Council, pupil evaluations and observations. A high level of participation in these decision-making processes leads to better relationships, more relevant and effective policies, and enhanced learning.
Pupils have an important part to play in making sure Bloomfield Collegiate continues to improve every aspect of school life and the Inspectorate praised how we offered “a clear sense of collegiality through active participation in the house system and school council.