We are very aware that these current times may be difficult and unsettling for our children. It is therefore crucial that we collectively look out for their mental health and wellbeing. In the absence of physically seeing our pupils each day, it will be important to stay connected. Consequently, we will be providing the following:
In the Early Years and Pre-Prep, one pastoral session per week will be held with each child and the parent via a Microsoft Teams meeting. These weekly sessions will be communicated to parents in advance by the Form Teacher and via email, and will involve a ‘live’ ten-minute call to say ‘hello’ and talk to your child about their learning and wellbeing.
In the Prep and Senior Schools, form time will take place each morning at 8.45am via Microsoft Teams. This will enable our pupils to start the morning fully abreast of any notifications for the day ahead, as well as enabling their Form Teacher/Tutor to provide a warm welcome and answer any queries they may have.
Each Prep and Senior School pupil will also be contacted on a weekly basis by their Form Teacher/Tutor in a small group of 4-5 students. Should pupils wish to discuss a personal issue with their Form Teacher/Tutor, they should be contacted via their work email address and an individual meeting via Teams will be set up. For safeguarding reasons, we will ensure that this meeting is joined by a second member of staff (e.g. the relevant Head of Year for Senior School pupils, etc.).
Although pupils will be unable to come together as a school in the typical fashion, we will continue to deliver an assembly message each Monday morning. These will be available to download from the home page of our school website each Monday and it is expected that pupils will listen to these at a time convenient to them.
Pastoral Concerns or Queries
It is important that our pupils know that we are here to support throughout this time. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s wellbeing, please email your child’s Form Teacher/Tutor and they will be in contact to discuss this further.
Should you have a particularly pressing pastoral concern, please contact the Deputy Head (Character) and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Holmes, on 07909 606261.
Although the medium of delivery may be different, our expectations for HGS pupils remain exactly as they were.
In the Early Years and Pre-Prep, the Golden Rules remain as follows:
- We are gentle
- We are kind and helpful
- We listen
- We are honest
- We work hard
- We look after our property
Children who successfully follow the Golden Rules, as well as those who exhibit more general positive achievement, progress and/or effort, are rewarded in the Early Years and Pre-Prep by teachers giving Merits, which also count as House Points.
We look forward to providing an appropriate reward for the winning House upon our return to the school site!
In the Prep and Senior Schools, all pupils are expected to work hard and act with courtesy and consideration to others.
To that end, the Code of Conduct is followed by all pupils and staff in the Prep and Senior Schools:
- Be respectful and help others learn
- Take care of your environment
- Have high expectations of what you can achieve
- Value and care for others
- Follow the instructions of teachers promptly
Students in the Prep and Senior Schools who consistently follow The Code of Conduct, as well as those who exhibit more general positive behaviour, achievement, progress and/or effort, are rewarded by teachers giving Merits, which also count as House Points.
For particularly exceptional work or conduct, pupils in the Prep and Senior Schools can receive special awards, which are worth more Merits and will be presented to the pupils through Form Time or in an online assembly.
Value – 1 Merit
- Excellent modelling of the Code of Conduct
- Doing a good deed for a teacher
- An excellent piece of work
- An excellent effort
Value – 5 Merits
- Letting a teacher know a fellow pupil needs help or support
- An excellent piece of extended work
- A sustained improvement in one subject area
Value – 10 Merits
- An outstanding act of consideration, kindness or helpfulness to others
- Organising an event in school for the benefit of fellow pupils
- An outstanding series of pieces of work or an exceptional achievement
- An exceptional improvement due to effort, resilience and/or determination
In the Prep and Senior Schools, our high expectations of pupil conduct will remain firmly intact throughout our Online Learning Programme.
If a pupil in these phases breaks the Code of Conduct in an online session with their teacher, the pupil will be given a series of warnings that have been tailored for this new medium:
- Warning 1 – the pupil is given a verbal warning
- Warning 2 – the pupil’s name is given a written warning via the ‘Chat’ mechanism on Microsoft Teams
- Warning 3 – the pupil will be removed and blocked from the ‘Chat’ mechanism on Microsoft Teams, parents will be contacted by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and this incident will be logged
- Warning 4 – the pupil will be removed from the Online Learning Programme for two days and will be required to complete work via a specially provided file on OneDrive. This will again be logged and parents will be contacted by a member of the Senior Leadership Team
In the event of a pupil receiving Warning 2, this will be issued via the ‘Chat’ mechanism in a non-confrontational manner that draws attention to how the pupil has broken the Code of Conduct.
In the highly unlikely event of an extreme case of poor behaviour, this process will be accelerated to Warning 4. If this is the case, the teacher will notify the Senior Leadership Team immediately and the Headmaster will then be informed.