“Students are rightly proud of their school and their behaviour remains very good. There is a strong community spirit and the school is a warm and welcoming place to be”. (Ofsted, March 2016)
Our Pastoral Care of our students is second to none. When the student joins the school they are placed in one of four Learning Communities. These communities are named;
- The Americas
Each Learning Community has a team of dedicated staff who act as mentors for the students as well as a pastoral co-ordinator and Pastoral Leaders. Each Learning Community is led by a Head of Learning Community.
The students remain in their Learning Community for five years from Years 7 to 11. Each Mentor group consists of students from Years 7 to 11, this is one of the unique strengths of our school.
Our younger students immediately feel confident and secure in the company of older students who look out for their younger fellow mentees. Our vertical pastoral structure enables our younger students to flourish much more quickly due to the considerate, respectful and caring relationship that exists between the older and younger students.
“You, your staff and governors appropriately place a very high emphasis on pupils’ safety and welfare. Leaders have ensured that policies and guidelines on all relevant aspects of safeguarding are in place and clearly steer the good practice in the school. Records are detailed and of a high quality. All adults who work with the pupils are checked appropriately and staff have received relevant and regular training on safeguarding. Regular communication between key staff and other agencies ensures timely and effective support for pupils of concern and reviews the impact of actions already taken”. (Ofsted, 2016)
At Oriel High School the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our students and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that our students will enjoy their time at this school and therefore make the best progress possible. We work in partnership with you to ensure your child achieves their full potential and makes a positive contribution.
The procedures that we follow have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children Board of West Sussex and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. A copy of our Child Protection Policy can be found here Child Protection Policy
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Oriel High School is Ms M Huxford (Assistant Headteacher, Safeguarding & Inclusion) firstname.lastname@example.org
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Miss H Everitt (Deputy Headteacher) email@example.com and Mr T Matthews (Deputy Headteacher)
Your Learning Community pastoral contacts are listed below. Please contact the Pastoral Co-ordinators initially if you have any concerns about your or another child in the school.
Mrs J Micallef – Pastoral Co-ordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs J Taylor – Pastoral Co-ordinator. email@example.com
Mrs L Spies – Pastoral Co-ordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss D Hilton – Pastoral Co-ordinator. email@example.com
Here at Oriel High School we are fortunate to be able to call upon the services from the neighbourhood police team. Police officers have visited the school and talked to students during lessons and assemblies. Topics include
- Different aspects of the law
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Personal online safety
- Good citizenship & Anti-social behaviour
- Crime & consequences
Although the school teaches students e-safety as part of the curriculum, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.
Oriel High School’s Student Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) can be found here. Acceptable Use for STUDENTS Policy Each student is made aware of our AUP and are required to sign a copy when joining Oriel High School. A copy of the schools most recent ICT & E-Safety policy can be found here as well ICT and E-Safety Policy
Parents and students can look at the following website which has lots of information and tools to help Parents understand their child’s online activity. It also helps young people ensure they are using the internet safely and protecting themselves especially when using social media. The site can be found here www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The ‘Know it all’ website www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents/kiafp-cd also has an interactive guide to e-safety for parents.
Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram are also a popular forms of social media for young people. A short guide to the safe use of Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram can also be found by clicking the links below.
Microsoft Xbox tip for Family online safety
Microsoft safer online have also produced a very useful video guide that will help parents protect their children when using online gaming.
Google also provides information about using the internet in a responsible manner. As a parent or guardian, you know what feels right for your family and how your kids learn best. To help your family navigate through new technologies, gadgets and services in an ever-changing online world, it helps to get practical advice. That’s why we continuously talk to safety experts, parents, educators and communities around the world – to keep a pulse on what works. Together, we can help nurture a community of responsible digital citizens.
What is Parent Info?
Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience. Schools can host the content on their own website and use it in any other ways (in letters to parents etc) that they want.
This service is free and ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’
In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme, some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.
To access the parent info website click on the icon below.
My teenager – A guide for parents
On occasion the school is asked by a parent for further support and advice. Many times it is quite a general concern or question. Below is a link to the NHS website relating to ‘teenagers’. It may provide some general information that is helpful for parents.