Pinewood offers a pastoral system of which our pupils can feel proud to be a part.
Transition from Year 6 into Year 7
At Pinewood School, we believe that the transition process from primary to secondary school is crucial to a child’s success. We know that it can be an experience accompanied by a mix of emotions for all involved, but our aim at Pinewood is to reassure students and parents so that nerves and apprehension are converted to excitement and enthusiasm for the journey ahead.
Making use of our professional relationships with feeder primary schools the transition process takes into account the needs of particular students. Some may visit only once before they join us and others may have a couple of visits.
The journey continues once students join us in September with strategies and support put in to place to guarantee a successful start to the term. With an emphasis on team-building, forming relationships and personal awareness, the first term offers a Year 7 experience or trip to build a sense of belonging and pride in the Pinewood School community. We constantly strive to improve and develop our practice and listen carefully to feedback from students and parents to ensure we are inspiring and motivating students to get the most out of Pinewood.
The pastoral and emotional well-being of all our students is of paramount importance to us. Each year group has a Head of Year who works closely with dedicated student support workers and form tutors. Advice and guidance is offered to anyone who needs it. We work closely with outside agencies building strong relationships to benefit our students. Students meet with their tutor once a day. The role of the tutor is to support each student within their group and is the first point of contact if there are any concerns. Each week the students meet for an assembly with a framework of themes based on academic, community values and personal learning. Certificates are given out in assemblies to the ‘most improved’ and ‘highest achieving’ pupils. We believe this creates a positive community spirit, a strong sense of belonging, where individual success can be recognised, rewarded and enjoyed.
We communicate with parents by letter, email or telephone, from time to time, in order to resolve issues swiftly. Parents should contact their child’s form tutor in the first instance if any queries or concerns arise.
We have a clear anti-bullying policy that has a range of strategies for dealing with any issues as they arise. If a student is ever upset or anxious about anything then they can always talk to their tutor, visit a student support worker or Head of Year. We foster an open and honest relationship between parents and the school and we hope that parents feel confident in approaching us when matters arise.
We have three houses, the names of which are a reflection of the school’s commitment to supporting and working in the local and wider environment. The house names are Ash, Elm and Oak and are also recognised by their associated colours of blue, red and green. All pupils are put into a house on joining the school and most will stay with that house throughout their time at Pinewood.