At Pewsey Vale School we expect our students to achieve highly and enjoy school within the context of a very supportive school environment. Our pastoral system underpins the success each student achieves as part of our school community. Every member of staff takes responsibility for the care and wellbeing of students within the school.
Our pastoral system has a horizontal structure with students separated into year groups for curriculum lessons as well as registration periods. Each student is a member of a tutor group where they are individually valued and supported by each other and by their form tutor.
Students meet with their tutors once during the school day; at the start of the school day. This is important time as allows tutors to deal with any issues arising. Tutors have access to the academic and behaviour information for each student in their tutor group. This information is used daily to praise and reinforce behaviour expectations. Students who do well are rewarded, with students in need of extra support set agreed targets to improve. Our tutors work in partnership with parents and carers, keeping them informed and up to date. The form tutor should be the first point of contact for most questions raised by parents and carers.
We have a school nurse who visits regularly, to whom students are referred when a need is identified.
Each student is a member of a ‘house’, either Cousteau, Earhart or Hillary. Our houses are all named after famous explorers who have also done significant work in changing the world in which we live for the better. The aim is to provide figureheads to encourage our students to reflect on the journey they are undertaking and remind them to always try their best to be successful.
The house system also provides opportunities for students to challenge themselves; we have a wide range of house competitions throughout the year, culminating in Sports Day in July. These competitions allow students to build relationships across all year groups as well as developing the values, characteristics, resilience and strategies they will need to be succeed in the challenge and throughout wider life.
Prefects and Year Representatives
Students have the opportunity to represent their tutor group as a student navigator. Navigators take a leading role in school democracy and organising activities such as the house competitions in addition to acting as role models to other students. Students in Year 11 have the opportunity to apply for positions as Prefects, Senior Prefects, Deputy Head Boy/Girl and Head Boy/Girl.