At Denbigh High School we see good pastoral care as being essential to ensuring success. It is in the pastoral system that our school motto really comes alive –
succeeding together – progressing with pride – for Excellence in learning.
At the age of 11, Year 7, each pupil is placed into a tutor group with a dedicated Group Tutor who is a member of our teaching staff. This tutor group will be in one of our four houses – Aled, Brenig, Clwyd or Elwy, which are over seen by Heads of House. As the pupils mature and develop they will remain in the same house, forming close links with the other pupils and staff in that house. This also enables the Head of House to really get to know the pupils and so help them to fulfil their potential. Within each house we aim to foster a safe and caring atmosphere, while also offering a stimulating environment with healthy competition between houses. Every day there is dedicated tutorial time of 20 minutes spent with the group tutor when a range of activities take place, including collective worship and developmental work on literacy and numeracy.
Each Head of House closely monitors the progress of the pupils in their house, both academically and pastorally. They have up-to-date information on the progress every child is making and can be contacted for an appointment at any time during the year. We have parents evenings throughout the year and parents will be invited in to meet the Head of House and subject teachers to discuss the progress their child is making. As well as parents evenings, parents receive further information about progress through the annual report and a further interim report.
At Denbigh High School we are particularly proud of the successes of our fund-raising events, with thousands of pounds being raised by the pupils each year for local and national charities.
We recognise and celebrate these achievements, as well as those from other areas, in termly Celebration of Achievement ceremonies. During these ceremonies the whole school gathers to celebrate the successes of our pupils.
Secondary school and teenage years can be a challenging times for all pupils. We recognise this and have a specialised Relationships and Recovery Team who are always there to offer support and guidance, whether it is a friendly face when feeling poorly, forgotten a PE kit or fallen out with a friend or for more intensive support. Some pupils need more support than others and in these cases the Heads of House work closely with the Relationships and Recovery Team to ensure that this support is available. This could include small group work or one-to-one sessions with school staff, or more specialised support from other services such as professional counsellors. If there is ever any support needed, we encourage pupils or parents to speak to us as we have access to a wide support network.
There may be times when, for whatever reason, pupils need support from a number of different services to ensure they are able to succeed. In these cases we can refer pupils to our own multiagency panel which is held in school on a monthly basis. This panel includes access to many services including health, education social work service, youth service, Barnardos, NSPCC, CAMHS, police liaison, social services, behaviour support service, additional learning needs and other professionals, as appropriate. These panels are entirely supportive in nature and we will always gain parental consent before discussing pupils.
Pastoral Team :
Heads of Year
Year 6/7 Mrs. Debbie Pierce
Year 8/9 Mr. George Ryan
Year 10/11 Mrs. Kathryn Lloyd
Assistant Headteacher –
Leader of Additional Learning Needs:
Mr E Fenlon
Relationships & Recovery Team:
Mrs S Kelly
Mrs C Kennedy-Jones
Miss R jones
Mrs L Arman