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JAGS Pastoral Care: Caring for and supporting your daughter.
At JAGS we care that your daughter is happy. Most of the time things will go really well. Girls will build good relationships with each other and their teachers and thrive at JAGS.
Each Key Stage is overseen by an Assistant Head: Years 7 – 9, Miss Rhona Muir; Years 10 & 11 Mrs Anna Jones; Years 12 & 13 Mr Matthew Weeks who is responsible for the girls’ pastoral care and academic progress, supported by Heads of Year and Form tutors. The pastoral system is overseen by the Deputy Head Pastoral, Ms Samantha Payne. Dependent upon the size of the year group, the Heads of Year lead four or five form tutors.
The Heads of Year
- Year 7 – Mrs Luisa Alonso
- Year 8 – Miss Nicki Roden
- Year 9 – Mrs Jessica Drucker
- Year 10 – Mr Isaac Burrows
- Year 11 – Mrs Anna Jones
- Year 12 & 13 – Mrs Kate Firth and Miss Rachel Barnes
To ensure consistency of care every girl’s form tutor usually remains the same through each Key Stage, changing as the girl moves up to the next Key Stage. Every form tutor is responsible for the supervision, guidance and care of the pupils in his/her tutor group. They have the overview of the girls in their form, both pastorally and academically and aware of individual circumstances and needs. They also oversee and monitor each girl’s involvement in extra-curricular activities and, through seeing them twice each day they are in an excellent position to be the first point of contact in the first instance should parents have any queries.
The beauty of our whole school assemblies and House system is that the younger girls see what the older ones are doing, and they look up to them. Our ‘Sister Scheme’ also promotes links between the age groups. Two sixth form House representatives visit the forms weekly, sometimes helping to prepare charity events or assemblies, sometimes just being friends. The Head Girl and her two Deputies lead, inspire and keep an eye on the general well-being of the younger pupils. They also run the School Council, which meets termly to discuss issues put forward. Sixth form Prefects help and support the girls in the younger years.
Meanwhile the House system allows girls of all ages to be brought together and works beautifully to give opportunities for the development of leadership skills.
Any girl can write a comment anonymously for the Comments Box – these are passed onto the Deputy Head Pastoral to act upon.
Our Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Education (PSHCE) programme is designed to help girls to develop wide reaching skills including assertiveness, empathy, compassion, self-esteem, mental and physical wellbeing. It improves girls’ understanding of themselves and each other, clarifying their thoughts and feelings.
PSHCE makes use of the unique relationship between form tutor and tutee. One morning a week each form in Years 7-9 spends 25 minutes in a more informal context than they might with their usual timetabled lessons. Form teachers lead often very discursive sessions with the girls in their forms, exploring and debating different issues. The emphasis of KS3 PSHCE sessions is very much on the 'P', or the 'Personal', both in delivery and in terms of content. Our trusting and welcome relationship within forms enables discussions in which the girls feel confident to share their views and opinions with enthusiasm. Our ‘Happy Being Me’ programme and talks from specialist speakers and our school nurses focus on well-being and self-esteem including health and sex education.
In Years 10 & 11 the same Form tutor normally remains with the form for the two-year GCSE period. Some PSHCE matters are covered in tutor time. Form tutors spend the majority of their tutor time getting to know their tutees. The PSHCE programme is taught by specialists during a dedicated weekly lesson on the timetable. Specialist speakers are also invited to share their experiences with the girls.
Subjects covered include:
- Health Education and Well-Being
- Life Skills
- Current Issues
- Personal Safety
In the Sixth Form we blend Year 12 with Year 13 in each tutor group so that the Year 12 learn from the Year 13 girls' experiences. Girls stay with the same tutor for the two year period, so tutors know their strengths well and are the first port of call in any difficulty. Tutors spend time providing academic and pastoral support, in particular and help with study skills and time management, as well as with university and career choices and with university applications. Having built such a foundation, it is natural that tutors help with Personal Statements and draft university references
The Sixth Form PSHCE programme covers topics such as the Well Woman; Mental Health and Gender Issues; Personal Safety, Identity and Relationships.
For a more detailed look at the topics covered in PSHCE, please refer to the following:
To view the presentation from the Fiona Spargo-Mabbs talk on 'supporting young people to make safe choices about drugs', please click here
Counselling aims to provide young people with an opportunity to talk through their concerns in a non-judgemental and supportive environment and to help them to find their own ways of addressing their difficulties. Counselling within schools has shown to bring about significant reductions in psychological distress in the short term, and to help young people to move towards their personal goals. It is seen as an effective way of bringing about improvements in mental health and well-being, and to helping children and young people to engage with studying and learning.
In JAGS there are a large number of people for girls to talk to including their Form tutor, Head of Year, Assistant Heads (7,8 & 9; 10 & 11; Sixth Form), the Deputy Head Pastoral, Nurses, SENCo and Youth Workers. More specific counselling services are provided by SEaDS (Support, Engagement and Delivery in Schools) where we have the services of a contracted mental health practitioner from specialist CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). Our SEaDS Counsellor is an addition to the provision that JAGS has in place for the well-being of our pupils.
We also have links with the Well Centre, Streatham. In partnership with Herne Hill Group Practice, young people, aged 13-20 have drop in access to GPs, CAMHS counsellors and Redthread’s experienced team of specialist youth workers(The Well Centre). This service is available should any pupil or parent prefer to seek support outside of school.
When do the sessions take place?
Redthread and St Barnabas Youth Workers, Tuesday and Friday lunchtime – self referral.
SEaDS Counsellor, Monday and Wednesday all day – referral by school. The Counsellor also provides lunchtime drop-ins on a self-referral basis.
The Youth Worker Drop in Service – Redthread
What is the service?The service provides pupils with a confidential listening/counselling service staffed by local youth workers. Pupils can talk about concerns about friendships or family issues or work, with a trained youth worker, who is neither a member of staff nor a family member. Pupils from any year group can self-referral on a ‘drop-in’ basis.
Why is it needed?
Many young people need a listening ear or an alternative voice without being referred to a counsellor. It gives girls the chance to talk through issues confidentially with someone who isn’t a teacher who they may encounter later in the school day.
Who provides the service?
The youth workers providing this service are female members of the Redthread team (a local youth work charity - www.redthread.org.uk) and have been approved by JAGS senior staff. They have extensive experience of youth work in the Dulwich area. All Redthread youthworkers have been DBS Police checked and have had appropriate Child Protection training.
Is the service confidential?
Yes – the service is totally confidential and pupils attending appointments can trust that no information will be passed on to teachers or parents. However, in each session the youth worker makes it clear that if pupils divulge information that may mean that the pupil is at risk in any way our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) would be immediately informed. The youth worker would only break confidentiality in this situation.
Can pupils be referred to the service by staff or parents?
Staff, parents, the school nurses or fellow pupils can encourage and advise pupils to use this service but it is the pupil themselves who needs to make the decision to ‘drop in’ or make an appointment either in person or by email. Staff and parents who are concerned about pupils can continue to go thought the normal channels of contacting the Form tutor and Head of Year. It is important that this additional service is one to which pupils refer themselves.
Additional Support – St Barnabas
We also have links with the Youth Minister from St Barnabas Church. She is available to girls to discuss any issues of concern including bereavement, anxiety and friendship issues. This service is confidential. However, again, if the pupil is at risk in any way our Designated Safeguarding Lead would be immediately informed. The youth worker would only break confidentiality in this situation.
SEaDS – 2 days per week
Support, Engagement and Delivery in Schools. (SEaDS)
What is the Service?
A contracted mental health practitioner from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) works with girls who have mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing issues that will not meet the threshold for assessment and intervention by specialist CAMHS. When assessed by our Counsellor as requiring on-going treatment or therapeutic work, girls will be treated by our Counsellor or referred to specialist services as appropriate. All referrals to our Counsellor will come via the school staff. This is not a self-referral service. The Counsellor is an employee of CAMHS and parental consent is needed for this service.
In addition to her work with girls who have been referred, the Counsellor also runs lunchtime ‘drop-ins’ and any girls are welcome to use this service.
Why is it needed?
Some young people need further intervention than ‘a listening ear’ and the SEaDS service can offer a range of possible interventions, developed by specialist child adolescent mental health clinicians, from pupil workshops such as Building Resilience, Enhancing Self-esteem and confidence to staff training and interventions with children, parents and staff. This service is tailor made to suit the needs of JAGS.
Who provides the Service?
The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).
Is the Service Confidential?
Yes – the service is totally confidential and pupils and parents attending appointments can trust that no information will be passed on to any other parties. However, in each session the CAMHS practitioner makes it clear that if pupils divulge information that may mean that the pupil is at risk in any way the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) would be immediately informed.
- JAGS Well-Being & Mental Health guidance and strategy
- Mental Health Reading List
- Gill Allen's Presentation on Good Mental Health and Resilience
- Feeding the Teenage Brain - James Allen's Girls' School Parent Session
- Karl Hopwood Parent Guide to E-Safety
- Karl Hopwood - Social Media Guidance
- CEOP's guide to Sex, Relationships and the Internet
- CEOP: What would the story of Romeo and Juliet look like in the present day?
- Internet Matters
- Digital Parenting Magazine
- CEOP ThinkUKnow Nude Selfies
- Childnet International: downloading music, film and TV
- Get Safe Online
- Childnet International
- Sexting guidance from the National Police Chief's Council
- NSPCC Net Aware
- How to Safeguard Children from Sexting
- DfE Advice for Parents & Carers on Cyberbullying
Useful General Websites