Pastoral care and wellbeing
“BGS gave my children lots of confidence and pride in themselves” – Senior School parent
Outstanding pastoral support contributes to the happiness of Bradford Grammar School pupils, creating a positive, friendly atmosphere for all. We work closely with parents to ensure each child receives the best possible pastoral care during their time at BGS.
Our team of form tutors, Heads of Year, school nurses, counsellors and Learning Support Department work together to promote our pupils’ happiness and progress. We ensure that every child receives the attention they deserve. Pupils who need extra help are quickly identified by our pastoral team, who work with a team of trained mentors from Year 13 to support each child as they make their way up the school.
Happiness is the key to academic excellence, which is why we prioritise the wellbeing of our pupils through pastoral care. Our Personal Development Programme teaches young people how to study effectively, balance their workloads, and model a healthy lifestyle.
We aim to develop self-esteem, confidence and independence, equipping our pupils with the resilience to cope with life’s challenges. The programme encourages a respect for others and promotes the idea of service to the wider community.
Beyond the classroom, we encourage pupils to participate in physical exercise and pursue a wide range of co-curricular interests. We offer an extensive in-house counselling programme helping pupils to avoid and overcome problems.
- A pastoral partnership
- Staff: Every pupil has a form tutor with whom he or she has daily contact. Overseeing and supporting these tutors are the Heads of Year, who work with the School Nurses, School Counsellor and Learning Support Department to ensure that the needs of each individual pupil are met. The Pastoral Director has overall responsibility for the team and for pupil welfare generally within the school
- Pupils: Alongside this team of staff, our own pupils contribute significantly to pastoral care at the school through our Sixth Form mentoring schemes, Student Voice councils and our Anti-Bullying Council
- Parents: We believe that effective pastoral care is a partnership between the School and parents. Communication with parents takes place regularly through Parents’ Consultations Evenings, reports and homework planners but also less formally through emails, telephone and meetings as required.
- Personal Development Programme
In addition to developing pupils’ study skills and career ambitions, it raises their awareness and understanding of key areas including:
- Ethics and Morality
- Community and Society
- Information Technology and Internet Safety
- The Environment
- Finance and Economics
At the heart of our School’s ethos is our duty to every pupil to enable them to fulfil their potential and equip them for the challenges of life. Proactive, supportive and caring pastoral provision at Bradford Grammar School is always geared towards this.
- Community involvement
We cherish a deep respect for the beliefs and cultures of others, promoting a safe, caring and inclusive community.Community involvement is integral to the happiness and prosperity of our School, an ethos that we strive to share with our pupils.
We actively encourage pupils to see themselves not just as a part of the BGS family, but the wider Yorkshire community. Our aim is to promote an understanding that by giving to others, we ultimately enrich our own lives.
- Mental health resources for parents and young people
- Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. One in 10 young people experience a mental health problem; that’s three in an average classroom – and we know that the negative attitudes of others can prevent young people from fulfilling their potential or seeking help, leading to loneliness, worse recovery outcomes and loss of confidence. They have a wide range of information and videos for parents
- Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. They work regularly with external agencies and healthcare professionals to improve services for those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression and also campaign to raise awareness of the conditions. We can provide support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition.They also provide lots of resources for young people and parents including booklets such as ‘Exam stress’ and factsheets. The Stressed Out project is designed to support young people who are experiencing anxiety and stress. Read “Positive Parents: 49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child.”
- Beat is the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape. They provide information and support through Helplines which people can call, text or email; online support including information, message boards and online support groups; and Helpfinder, an online directory of support services.Beat also runs specific projects. The Emotional Overeating project includes support groups for people who binge eat, compulsively overeat, feel they have emotional eating issues and are overweight or obese or struggling with their weight. They also run many regional projects.