Students may wish to speak to a member of staff about worries and anxieties. Their Form Tutors, whom they see daily during registration, are the first point of contact for such concerns. The Head of Year is another adult in school where a student can seek care and support for ongoing difficulties faced in school. If appropriate, staff may wish to refer a student to Mrs Güler, Student Support Coordinator, for further emotional support.
Sixth Form students are valuable role models for the younger students. Many of them act as mentors to students who may be struggling to cope with the demands of secondary school. Through weekly sessions, they offer advice on friendship issues, homework, and study skills as part of the Sixth Form Mentoring Scheme. They also support Year 7 students through the Paired Reading initiative
Safeguarding our students is everyone's responsibility.
Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share that commitment. This policy applies to all students, staff, parents, governors, volunteers and visitors to our school.
These staff members are the first point of contact for parents, students, teaching and non-teaching staff and external agencies in all matters of child protection:
|Mrs A Corless||Designated Safeguarding Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs K Mackenzie||Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leademail@example.com|
|Mrs B Guler||
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Child Sexual Exploitation Champion
|Mr D Giles||Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs S Harbott||Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leademail@example.com|
Mrs S Ratnapalan (currently on maternity leave)
|Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Miss C Sanders||Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leademail@example.com|
The School Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found by clicking here
BUCHS aims to support all students with medical conditions or those who feel unwell in terms of both their physical and mental health. Prescribed medication, emergency medication and student's spare asthma inhalers are stored in the medical room and are administered when necessary.
There is a set procedure when students are unwell in school. They should report to the medical room (having sought the permission of the teacher of their current lesson) where they will be assessed by an on-site First Aider who will decide if they need medical attention, should be sent home, or are well enough to complete the school day. If the student needs to be sent home, the First Aider will make the call to parents/guardians. Students should not phone or text home directly.
The Brentwood Schools Nursing Team (NHS) run a drop-in session every fortnight during the school term. A nurse from this team can offer confidential help and advice regarding general health concerns, emotional well-being, stop smoking advice, relationships and healthy lifestyles.
Every year group has an assembly once a week which forms the Act of Worship for that day. Assemblies are led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Head of Year, School Chaplain, a Form Group or the Student Leadership Team, and on some occasions outside speakers. The assembly gives a wonderful opportunity to bring the year group together for prayer and reflection, and assemblies cover a wide range of topics and themes all rooted in our faith and shared values. Student participation is encouraged in all assemblies. As well as a time of prayer, assemblies also provide an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate success across the year group; from sport to music to drama to attendance. As well as a year group assembly once a week, students also have a House Assembly every three weeks. This is organised by the Head of House and House Team.
Our Pastoral Intent:
- ensures a right to learn for students and a right to teach for staff. Our school is a place for students to learn, and we work hard to ensure that students understand the behaviour expectations in school. Students understand that we expect them to behave in a certain way so that they and their peers can learn and teachers can teach.
- ensures opportunities for enrichment beyond the academic curriculum which raise aspiration, develop life skills, celebrate interests, talents, achievements and skills and provide memorable experiences. Students will understand the enrichment that comes with out-of-class learning, realised in the uptake of co-curricular activities, Curriculum Extension Days and leadership roles.
- aims to work closely with Parents/Carers and outside agencies to ensure regular attendance and that Parents/Carers are offered advice and support to improve their child’s attendance.
- expects all adults in the school community to recognise their responsibility as role models to the students and all adults have knowledge and understanding to ensure students are safe, cared for and are ready to learn. Staff are aware of the impact emotions and life events can have on students’ ability to succeed at school. They are quick to evaluate changes in students’ behaviour.
- values students’ opinions, and surveys are carried out to gather views of school processes, procedures and experiences. This then identifies further areas of improvement in our practice to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.
- expect all students and teachers to recognise the importance of meta skills in aspects of their school work and life beyond school.
- expect all students and teachers to recognise and action the language of the Ursuline Education Community
- expect all students and teachers to act and speak the spirit of St Angela Merici’s prayer, demonstrate insieme and an awareness of spiritual, social, moral and multi-cultural understanding.