Pastoral

Mrs. J. Taylor

Designated Safeguarding Lead

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

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

Pastoral Care Team at Ferndown Upper School

Year 9

Mr. J. Collins

Head of Year 9

Mrs. N. Nolan-Ford

Year 9 Pastoral Manager

Mrs. J. Taylor

SLT Link for Year 9

Mr. J. Collins

Head of Year 9

Mrs. N. Nolan-Ford

Year 9 Pastoral Manager

Mrs. J. Taylor

SLT Link for Year 9

Year 10

Mrs. C. Hicks

Head of Year 10

Miss. K. Hammond

Year 10 Pastoral Manager

Mr. J. Evans

SLT Link for Year 10

Mrs. D. Kenchington

SLT Link for Year 10

Mrs. C. Hicks

Head of Year 10

Miss. K. Hammond

Year 10 Pastoral Manager

Mr. J. Evans

SLT Link for Year 10

Mrs. D. Kenchington

SLT Link for Year 10

Year 11

Mrs. C. Lock

Head of Year 11

Mrs. J. Cheeseman

Year 11 Pastoral Manager

Mr. P. Jones

SLT Link for Year 11

Mrs. C. Lock

Head of Year 11

Mrs. J. Cheeseman

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

SENCO

Mrs. S. Clay

SENCO

Miss. M Lazenbury

Deputy SENCO, Designated Teacher LAC, Specialist Access Assessor

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.

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

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 number – 07480 635511

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

We hope you find this page useful. However, we know that nothing beats a conversation, so please give us a call and we will do our best to help.