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Pastoral Care

We are proud of our reputation for providing outstanding pastoral care and of being a school where each student is known and valued. We aim to encourage all of our students to do their best and to take a pride in themselves and their school.

We have an extensive pastoral Care System that comprises the Students Support Team and the Heads of Year.

The school is divided into year groups, each overseen by its own Head of Year who is experienced in dealing with issues affecting the students within their care.

Each year group is divided into tutor groups of approximately 20-25 students. Tutors are the key to our pastoral system, they are there to listen, advise and help students make and understand their own choices, and to act as the primary contact with parents.

The Student Support team provides support for students in a variety of ways dependent upon need and has the experience to signpost to external agencies including referrals to the Early Help Hub. Four members of the team are Safeguarding trained and are DDSLs (see Safeguarding section)

Arriving at any new school can seem daunting so, from the moment the students are allocated a place, we try to make them feel part of Applemore by inviting them and their parents in to the school on various occasions before the start of their first term. These are opportunities to get to know their new tutor and classmates, and to find their way around the school, so that they arrive for their first day in September confident that they belong here.

The key to maintaining our positive ethos and caring atmosphere is in ensuring that all relationships in the school are based on mutual respect. We expect high standards of behaviour, founded on personal responsibility and self-discipline combined with care and compassion for others.

“The distinguishing mark of Applemore is that it has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere whilst maintaining high expectations in terms of academic achievement and students’ behaviour” (parent comment).