Pastoral

Mrs. J. Taylor

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs. C. Lock

Assistant Headteacher: Pastoral / Head of Year 9

Mrs. N. Nolan-Ford

Designated Safeguarding Lead / Pastoral Manager

Welcome

Our Ethos

The Ferndown Way drives consistency and high expectations across our school to help students achieve both academically and also to develop as successful young individuals. We recognise that for your people support is needed along the way both inside and outside the classroom for this to happen. We have a fantastic experienced team of well-trained pastoral managers and heads of year who are able to deal with any pastoral issues that may arise

If you have any concerns please contact one of the members of staff listed on this page or call the school on 01202 871243.

Contact

The Year 9 team are Mrs. Nolan-Ford (Pastoral Manager), Mr. Collins (Head of Year) and Mrs. Taylor (SLT link). They can be contacted at HeadofYear9@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

The Year 10 team are Miss. Hammond (Pastoral Manager), Mrs. Hicks (Head of Year) and Mr. Evans & Mrs. Kenchington (SLT link). They can be contacted at HeadofYear10@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

The Year 11 team are Mrs. Cheeseman (Pastoral Manager), Mrs. Lock (Head of Year) and Mr. Jones (SLT link). They can be contacted at HeadofYear11@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

The Sixth Form team are Ms. Abdulgani (Sixth Form administrator), Mr. Ling (Head of Year 12), Mr. Martin (Head of Year 13) and Mr. A Jones (Head of Sixth form). They can be contacted at SixthForm@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Mrs. J. Taylor

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Email: JoTaylor@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Mrs. C. Lock

Assistant Headteacher: Pastoral / Head of Year 9

Email: ClaireLock @fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Mrs. N. Nolan-Ford

Designated Safeguarding Lead / Pastoral Manager

Email: NicolaNolan-Ford @fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Welcome

Our Ethos

The Ferndown Way drives consistency and high expectations across our school to help students achieve both academically and also to develop as successful young individuals. We recognise that for your people support is needed along the way both inside and outside the classroom for this to happen. We have a fantastic experienced team of well-trained pastoral managers and heads of year who are able to deal with any pastoral issues that may arise.

Alongside this, all students have a well-being card that supports and signposts students to be able to access support out of school hours, or to support their self-care. Students are encouraged to keep these in their phone cases or wallets for a time they might need to use them.

If you have any concerns please contact one of the members of staff listed on this page or call the school on 01202 871243.

Pastoral Contact

The Year 9 team are Mrs. J. Cheeseman (Pastoral Manager), Mrs. C Lock (Head of Year) and Mrs. Taylor (SLT link). They can be contacted at HeadofYear9@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

The Year 10 team are Ms. A. L. Clements (Pastoral Manager), Mr J. Collins (Head of Year) and Mrs. Kenchington (SLT link). They can be contacted at HeadofYear10@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

The Year 11 team are Miss. K. Hammond (Pastoral Manager), Mrs. C. Hicks (Head of Year) and Mr. Jones (SLT link). They can be contacted at HeadofYear11@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

The Sixth Form team are Ms. Abdulgani (Sixth Form administrator), Mr. Ling (Head of Year 12), Mr. Martin (Head of Year 13) and Mr. A Jones (Head of Sixth form). They can be contacted at SixthForm@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Financial Support

Information on financial support, free school meals, pupil premium, bus information and our charging and remission policy can be found on our Financial Support Page

Pastoral Care Team at Ferndown Upper School

Year 9

Mrs. C. Lock

Head of Year 9

Mrs. J. Cheeseman

Year 9 Pastoral Manager

Mrs. J. Taylor

SLT Link for Year 9

Mrs. C. Lock

Head of Year 9

Mrs. J. Cheeseman

Year 9 Pastoral Manager

Mrs. J. Taylor

SLT Link for Year 9

Year 10

Mr. J. Collins

Head of Year 10

Ms. A. L. Clements

Year 10 Pastoral Manager

Mrs. D. Kenchington

SLT Link for Year 10

Mr. J. Collins

Head of Year 10

Ms. A. L. Clements

Year 10 Pastoral Manager

Mrs. D. Kenchington

SLT Link for Year 10

Year 11

Mrs. C. Hicks

Head of Year 11

Miss. K. Hammond

Year 11 Pastoral Manager

Mr. P. Jones

SLT Link for Year 11

Mrs. C. Hicks

Head of Year 11

Miss. K. Hammond

Year 11 Pastoral Manager

Mr. P. Jones

SLT Link for Year 11

Sixth Form

Mr. A. Jones

Head of Sixth Form

Mr. S. Ling

Head of Year 12

Mr. C. Martin

Head of Year 13

Miss. N Abdulgani

Sixth Form Pastoral Manager

Mr. A. Jones

Head of Sixth Form

Mr. S. Ling

Head of Year 12

Mr. C. Martin

Head of Year 13

Miss. N Abdulgani

Sixth Form Pastoral Manager

SENDCO

Young Carers

Mrs. S. Clay

SENDCO

Miss. L. Giles

Young Carers Support

We also work closely with our Young Carers and Miss Giles leads our Young Carers support team. Please do get in contact with Miss Giles for any young person who is a young carer so we can offer additional support to them

Pastoral Care

FUS has an excellent reputation for the pastoral care we offer to all our students. We place real and significant importance on ensuring a learning environment that is safe and encouraging as well as exciting and challenging. We aim to create an environment where children feel valued, listened to and safe and where their self-esteem and resilience is promoted.

FUS is committed to safeguarding and protecting all children in our care. Staff are alert to possible risks and clear procedures are in place for dealing with expressions of concern. Please find our dedicated Safeguarding page here.

When students join FUS they become part of a house and are placed in a vertical tutor group which contains Year 9, 10 and 11 students. (NB. For 20-21 student; the tutor groups will be year group based to maintain social bubbles and help ensure student safety). Tutor groups are led by our 3 Heads of House. Tutors meet their groups each day and build strong relationships with these students as they remain with them through the 3 years. These positive relationships are built through daily support, house assemblies (including reward and celebration assemblies), house competitions and challenges, weekly quizzes and weekly discussions through Voting Voice to support the development of British Values.

The pastoral team are here to support students with any issues that arise, however big or small they may appear to the student, whilst encouraging our core values of challenge, curiosity, collaboration, reflection, resilience and responsibility. Pastoral is open to students to drop in before tutor, at break, lunch and after school. The pastoral and SEND teams work closely together. Please find more information on SEND here.

If you’re looking for further help we have a handy page called Getting Help: The Ferndown Way with advice and resources to explore.

What We Do

Tutors lead reflective journals providing students reflection time and mentoring to support progress. The tutor is responsible for the day-to-day care of your child and, therefore, is the first link between parents and school. Parents are encouraged to let the tutor know of any issues affecting the behaviour, progress or well-being of their children.

We recognise that at various points in a young person’s life, additional support can be needed for a whole range of reasons. The pastoral team are highly qualified, experienced and specialist staff. The team work collaboratively with young people, their friends and families to support these needs and also to signpost students to more personalised support if needed.

The pastoral team for each Year group is led by a Head of Year and Pastoral Manager, with a member of SLT. The team has overview for the academic progress, behaviour and attendance of each student, whilst supporting wellbeing and providing pastoral care. Year assemblies are held each half term to target year specific content. The Pastoral Manager is a non-teaching member of staff and trained DDSL, who provides advice and support for students in their year group. The team work closely together with a wider pastoral team, to provide support for individual students and act as a point of contact for parents after the tutor.

On site we have volunteer counsellors, an ELSA, an independent careers adviser and a range of skilled staff to support a variety of needs. Our in-school counsellors offer confidential support and advice to individuals as well as work with small groups of young people to address self-esteem and low mood, developing sound self-help and long term coping strategies.

Working in partnership is crucial to FUS. We work closely through well-established links with external and independent charities and agencies. We engage with other agencies to support students in achieving their potential. 
Our partnership with parents and carers is equally important to us, maintaining regular contact as required to ensure that each and every one of them continues to make progress in their learning and personal development. Go 4 Schools allows parents daily live updates on progress, attendance and behaviour. This facility enables discussions to occur when needed, rather than relying on termly reporting to identify concerns.

For a child to reach their full educational potential we expect all pupils to strive for 100% attendance. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance. School attendance is subject to various education laws and this school attendance policy is written to reflect these laws and the guidance produced by the Department for Education. FUS deems 98-100% as excellent, 96-98 % as good, 95% as satisfactory and below 95% as poor. Students whose attendance falls below 90% are deemed as being Persistently Absent.

It is the parent/carer's responsibility to inform the school each day of student absence, by either: using ParentMail to report the absence, emailing StudentAbsence@fernup.dorset.sch.uk or calling the school absence line 01202 871243 option 1. We work closely with Dorset Attendance team and our attendance policy can be found here. Our attendance procedures can also be found through the policy. Each term students with 100% attendance for the term are awarded P5 and this is celebrated in house assemblies. Regular updates are given through tutor time, where students discuss their attendance with their tutor to ensure they are striving for excellent attendance. Both parents and students are able to view current attendance through Go4Schools.

Recent Pastoral Updates

Assembly Safer Schools and Communites Policing Team

Dear Parents and Carers We have had assemblies this week with the Safer Schools and Communities Policing Team with a focus on Hate Crime, Equality and Diversity. The assemblies finished with reminding students how to report concerns and where to access help out of school on these. Students were also reminded that any concerns should be reported to Pastoral so we are able to investigate, support and where appropriate sanction. I have attached these slides for you here, and on our pastoral page of the website as well. Kind regards Jo Taylor Deputy Headteacher

Drug Initiative and Support Letter to Parents September 2021

29th September 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

As parents, carers and teachers we all want the same for our children – for them to be safe and fully prepared for adult life. Our school is an extremely safe place and we take this safeguarding role very seriously and will always endeavour to maintain this. 

 

We have a large, hugely experienced, safeguarding team at Ferndown Upper School, with daily support for all students. Our website also contains much safeguarding information (https://fernup.dorset.sch.uk/information/safeguarding/), so please do have a look, there are links to online safety, personal safety, drug and alcohol issues etc. It also includes what to do if you are worried or concerned for any young person either at FUS or at another school.

 

Young people today face many new pressures that were not issues when we were growing up. And one increasing area of concern is access to drugs and the range of substances now available.  This issue has been further exacerbated by our closeness to several major cities and the national issue of ‘County Lines’, where  young people are being exploited by criminals, which in turn is increasing the supply of drugs into more remote areas like Dorset.

We are determined to not only educate our children about the harms of substance abuse but to also ensure their safety from these threats whilst at school. And to this end, we will take whatever action is required to ensure that Ferndown Upper School remains a safe place.

Therefore, over the upcoming months we will be working with students, parents and staff through a range of approaches to further raise awareness of the impact of substance misuse.

Previously we have worked closely with the Amy Winehouse Foundation, where the Foundation shared stories and information with young people and work to further educate parents and staff in awareness and knowledge of substances and their misuse.  We have also worked and continue to work closely with Escape Line to ensure our community understands County Lines, which involves using children, and young people to move drugs across towns and counties. County Line gangs are operating in Dorset and particularly in large urban centres such as Bournemouth and Poole.

Our intelligence, through our relationships with our parents and students, tells us that we do not have illegal substances coming into school and we want to ensure that in this changing environment, this remains the case. We will therefore be periodically deploying drug detection dogs with no notice in our school to ensure our premises continue to remain drug free.  We completed this as highly successful days over the last few years and we will be doing this again this academic year. We wish to reassure you that the dogs will be deployed to search a whole building and not individuals. However, during their search the dogs may indicate a substance or residue on students or in property belonging to students. Should that happen, students will be searched (in line with school policy and national guidance).  Police assistance will be provided where necessary and parents/carers would be informed at the earliest opportunity of this. Additionally, students and families affected would be signposted to counselling and family support services.  

I do need to remind you, that any student found in possession of an illegal substance would be at risk of permanent exclusion and / or face prosecution.

All these visits into school will operate in a Covid safe manner to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors. Please do feel free to discuss this with your child. We will update students in assemblies next week.  We will also be working with any students who have a real fear of / allergy to dogs, and this will be discussed in the assembly.

Thank you for supporting us with this range of approaches to ensure our young people stay safe.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Jo Taylor

Deputy Headteacher

 

Year 9 Safeguarding Assembly Information September 2021

Dear parents / carers of Year 9

Last week in assembly we introduced Year 9 to our Safeguarding team and our wellbeing cards.

We have a big safeguarding team at Ferndown Upper School, which includes Mrs Cheeseman (Year 9 Pastoral Manager) and Mrs Lock (Year 9 Head of Year) and is headed up by myself, Mrs Taylor (DSL / Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Nolan-Ford (DSL / Lead Pastoral Manager), to ensure we are able to support all students and keep everyone safe and happy both in and out of school – on-line and in person.

You can find our safeguarding page on our website (https://fernup.dorset.sch.uk/information/safeguarding/) with links to the team and useful help and advice, as well as who to contact if you are concerned about the wellbeing or safety of a young person. Students are supported with staying safe through PSHE, tutor activities, assemblies, guest speakers and drop down days covering a wide range of topics about keeping safe.

At Ferndown Upper School, all students have a wellbeing card, which we encourage students to keep in their wallet / purse or phone case. These cards signpost students to organisations that can offer them help and advice. If you would like to see these, they are found on our website https://fernup.dorset.sch.uk/information/pastoral/ and you can also collect a copy for home if you would like from reception. Students will spend time in tutor exploring them this week to build their confidence for accessing support for themselves of their friends, now or in the future. Please do ask your son/daughter about these. 

We spoke with students about our FUS culture and Ferndown Family – which comes from mutual respect, tolerance and kindness for everyone. We stressed to students that if there are others not acting in this way, they must let the Year 9 team or their tutor know and we will always follow up quickly and effectively. Students can report this in person to any staff member, to pastoral, through email to HeadofYear9@fernup.dorset.sch.uk or through parents or a friend in the same ways. 

Dorset - Mind Your Head

Dorset Mind Your Head are excited to send you our brand-new ‘Coping with Covid’ support booklet (attached). This booklet has been written and put together by our amazing team of Young Ambassadors (aged 15-25) and it is filled with advice on Covid-related issues such as:

  • Burn Out and Stress  
  • Difficult Family Situations 
  • Staying in Touch with Friends  
  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing

If any students would like extra support with their mental wellbeing through this challenging time, please visit dorsetmindyourhead.co.uk or email us at DMYH@dorsetmind.uk

Have a look through the Coping with COVID  booklet here.

Chathealth

You may have heard of ChatHealth over the last 2 years, an NHS School Nurse anonymous text messaging service, which was made available to all Middle and Senior Schools Pan Dorset from June 2017. The service is for young people aged 11-19 years old (year 7 and above) Pan Dorset and is part of a unique, multi-award winning NHS scheme, which has been highly acclaimed by students, staff and NHS officials for improving access to healthcare for a young audience.

With the upcoming events in relation to COVID-19, we are asking if you can reinforce to students, that ChatHealth will still be available for them to access Monday – Friday 8.30 – 4.30 (not Bank Holidays), whether schools are open or closed, for any queries or concerns around emotional health, physical health, sexual health, family, exams, relationships etc

ChatHealth Phone Number: 07480 635511

I Can & I Am

James Shone (from I Can & I Am) came and spoke to students, staff and parents last term and was really well received by everyone. He has released a series of podcasts “Talking Teenagers” for staff and parents about supporting teenagers https://www.talkingteenagers.co.uk/ through their tricky times as teenagers. There are a range of short podcasts across the series including:-
  • Internet safety
  • Nutrition and wellbeing
  • Building resilience
  • Phones
  • Gambling and gaming
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Sex and Pornography
  • Self-regulation and AS tracking
  • Building happiness
  • Parenting Tips on promoting strong self-esteem and emotional resilience.

Please do have a listen.

With kind regards

Jo Taylor

Deputy Headteacher

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