Pastoral Programme and Careers
KEY STAFF DETAILS
Mrs J Levenson - Safeguarding
Miss Tice - Head of Year 12
Miss Forde - Head of Year 13
Mrs Burnard - Sixth Form Well Being Support
Mr Newell - Well Being Co-ordinator
Mr McCarthy - Careers
At our Sixth Form we believe an important element of our role is equip students with a supportive pastoral environment which will enable them to develop skills of resilience, personal and social responsibility and good mental health and well being.
Pastoral care is shared between a team of expert and experienced practitioners including the safeguarding team, a dedicated Head Of Year, a team of form tutors, a school councillor, school chaplain, school nurse and a dedicated sixth form academic and pastoral mentor.
All Sixth Form students meet every day with their form tutor, who is a first point of contact where a wide variety of topics and issues are discussed.
Students have weekly assemblies and are invited to lead on these to highlight issues that they feel are important to the student body and school community.
Students are timetabled in one weekly session dedicated to our PSHE pastoral programme. This is a diverse schedule which looks at a range of themes across the year for example, Social and community awareness, Life skills such as money management, Volunteering and charity opportunities, post 18 pathways, diversity and cultural awareness, safety in our community, international relations, and many more. A fundamental part of this programme is an exploration of practical strategies to support student mental health and well being as they complete two of the most academically challenging years of their school careers. For example students have the opportunity to practice mindfulness with the support of an experienced practitioner.
Students have a number of guest speakers who cover a wide range of issues, most recently students have engaged with; The Anthony Nolan Organisation, Coppa Feel charity, The Brokerage, MIND, The Kenwood Trust, NCS, The Metropolitan Police.
For further information on the pastoral programme please contact the Head of Year.
Bishop Thomas Grant Sixth Form prides itself on ensuring that all students reach their potential and leave school with the knowledge and expertise to thrive in their chosen field.
Our careers programme, facilitated through our PSHE allocation, follows the government Gatsy Benchmarks to ensure that students have the opportunities and knowledge to succeed in all careers.
Students have the opportunity to engage with outside speakers who share their career journeys. Recently our students have had the opportunity to hear from organisations such as; the founder of Career Ear, Civil Service, National Apprenticeship Service, Year Here, Barclays Bank, University of Northumbria and Project Trust.
We are always looking to engage more outside providers and different providers to help broaden the students understanding of different career pathways. We also have a dedicated Careers Manager, Mr McCarthy, who organises the careers programme for the school and works one on one with many students who need advice or guidance on careers and apprenticeship opportunities