The Pastoral Team
Our Pastoral team consists of the Deputy Headteacher (Student Standards), four Heads of House, a careers manager, an attendance manager, and two non-teaching pastoral support staff. They all meet, together with the Coordinator of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, every morning to discuss students and plan strategies to help them to make better progress. The two non-teaching pastoral support staff are also able to deal with any incidents that might occur instantly, enabling situations to be resolved quickly and effectively.
The House System
At Marshland High School, we operate a House system which aims to ensure that continuous supervision is kept over your child’s social and personal development and their educational progress.
There are four Houses: Churchill, Gainsborough, Newton and Shakespeare. Within each of the four Houses, every student is under the care of a tutor, so your child joins a small ‘family unit’ within the House itself. The students stay in one mixed-year tutor group within their House from year 7 – 10, wherever possible, with the same tutor. In year 11 the students are put into special groups which are taken by the Subject Leaders. They are moved around regularly according to the subject with which they need most support, so that they can benefit from 25 minutes extra tuition with a teacher of that subject each day.
This form tutor develops a detailed knowledge of each individual’s personality and capabilities. During each week, time is made available for the tutor to check students' Learning Diaries and to discuss their progress at school. The tutor also becomes an academic mentor for the student, using assembly time to interview the students and ensure that good progress is being made. Many of our students are trained and actively involved in caring for other students. This system is strengthened by our mixed age registration groups where there are many opportunities for older students to look after and support younger ones.
The House system also allows for various forms of inter-house competition, such as the swimming gala, house matches, sports day, spelling and maths competitions, and the Hyde Cup is presented to the House with the greatest number of house points at the end of the year.
Assemblies and tutor lessons.
Year 11s have a special assembly every Monday, focussed on post-16 choices and career pathways. They also have ‘Impact weeks’ in the Autumn and Spring terms to learn about and practice revision skills.
Students in years 7 – 10 have two House assemblies each week, one led by their Head of House and one led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Additionally there are occasional special assemblies such as PE colours, visiting speakers and competitions. At the end of each term we have Learning Award assemblies in which we celebrate the successes of nominated students who have worked particularly hard that year.
When students are not in assemblies they receive a tutor lesson. In year 11 this is in the appropriate subject and in years 7 – 10 students have one general studies lesson, one numeracy lesson and one literacy lesson each week.
We expect and obtain high standards of behaviour from our students. We emphasise the need for respect for each other and towards adults and school property. When children do well they are rewarded in a variety of ways. These include, for example, House Points, Learning Award certificates, and free non-school uniform for the tutor group with the best attendance. When students do not behave as we expect, sanctions include departmental detentions, community chores around the site, restrictions upon free time, after school departmental detention, and Headteacher’s detention.
At a more serious level, students who disrupt learning will be excluded from the lesson and sent to a designated, supervised area. If a student is excluded from lessons on a number of occasions, we will invite parents to come to school to discuss the problem. For serious breaches of school discipline, a student may be excluded for a fixed period of time, and in exceptional circumstances a student may be recommended for permanent exclusion to the Governing Body who then meet to make a decision on the matter.
However, we also know that there is much more to good behaviour than just not mis-behaving. At Marshland we constantly reinforce the need for students to be ‘Ready to Learn’ and have a positive ‘Attitude to Learning’ too. The expectation throughout the school is that students will have all the basic equipment they need for all lessons so no lesson time is wasted giving that out, and that they will be keen to learn and help each other learn too. This expectation is met by students and gives the school a very calm but positive and productive atmosphere.