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Pastoral care is central to students’ progress and learning at Isleworth & Syon. We believe that every student should be outstanding in every respect and the pastoral system seeks to provide a framework of care, guidance and support for our students to assist them in their academic development throughout school life whilst providing strong guidance as they develop into responsible and mature citizens who are positively prepared for life in modern Britain.

The pastoral system includes the following staff: Form Tutors; Pastoral Support Managers; House Leaders; Pastoral Leaders; Deputy Headteacher; SENd/Inclusion Co-Ordinators; Welfare Assistant; Attendance & Education Welfare Officer as well as a range of external agencies who offer individual and group support according to need.

Pastoral Support Managers are at the centre of all pastoral care within the school and should be the first point of contact for students and parents. They will deal with initial concerns or queries and investigate any incidents before referring matters to the appropriate House or Pastoral Leader. They will also liaise with individual subject staff and Curriculum Leaders to resolve any issues or concerns. In a minority of high-level cases, they will also refer matters to the Deputy Head or other members of Senior Staff.

House Leaders are responsible for establishing and promoting the excellent day-to-day behaviour of students and for ensuring that each individual makes a positive contribution to all aspects of school life; House Leaders promote engagement, participation, contribution and achievement and are responsible for maintaining the school’s accepted standards at all times. There are four houses: Adam, Brunel, Shackleton and Turner.

Pastoral Leaders are responsible for supporting the progress and learning of all students and work, specifically, with the students who present any long-term educational or disciplinary concerns. In addition, the Pastoral Leaders monitor a wide range of performance and attainment indicators relating to students in their year group(s) including; progress, attendance, punctuality, positive conduct, negative conduct, detentions, rewards and sanctions. Pastoral Leaders lead the tutor teams and uphold all school expectations.

  • “Together We Learn, Achieve and Succeed.”
  • The school has a strong disciplinary code as well as a desire for all students to behave and act in a responsible and respectful manner within our community to enable everyone to be “outstanding in every respect.” We hope that students will learn to develop their own individuality whilst maintaining respect and sensitivity towards others. We encourage students to develop self-discipline; to take responsibility for their actions; to consider the impact of these actions upon the wider community both in and out of school; to understand how any behaviour contributes to success in school life, relationships, adult life and work. The pastoral system encourages all students to recognise the difference between right and wrong, to readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, accept and respect the civil and criminal law of England.

    We encourage parents/carers to work in close partnership with us. In accepting a place at the school for your son/ward at Isleworth & Syon you are agreeing to support the aims, standards and expectations of the school. We ask that communication is maintained via the Pastoral Support Managers, in the first instance, who are always keen to address any issues which parents/carers may have. Should any student’s behaviour or progress become of concern, we will ensure that the issues are addressed in accordance with all current Department for Education guidelines.

    The school places very high expectations of behaviour upon the students but values the importance of allowing students to learn from their mistakes as they grow into responsible young men. Therefore we include “a chance to change” (CTC) in our formal behaviour strategy. A framework of sanctions and rewards supports the school in achieving the highest standards of personal discipline and in ensuring that respect and courtesy are the norm. This, in turn, allows for teaching & learning to be the primary focus.

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  • Many opportunities exist for students to demonstrate their leadership potential and expertise. We are one of the few schools recognised nationally as a Leadership Academy – indeed, Isleworth & Syon was the first London school to be recognised for the strength of its Sports Leaders programme, which gives students the opportunity to volunteer in primary schools and at borough sporting events.

    The school encourages students to take responsibility through a number of different leadership roles as Student Ambassadors. The Ambassador Roles are reviewed and evolve annually; examples from recent years include:

    • Citizenship ambassador
    • House ambassador
    • Sport & extra-curricular ambassador

    Each form elects a Form Captain, as well as a Vice-Captain for each role, who has a leadership responsibility within the form and who will discuss any issues of concern at House Council or School Council meetings. These roles will require the individual to liaise with their peers and their tutors on a number of different tasks. The school encourages students to hold a range of leadership roles including Citizenship, Digital and Literacy Ambassadors, as well as school librarians. Sports Ambassadors are responsible for all communications between the PE staff and the required teams whilst in drama the stage crew are wholly responsible for the lighting, sound and backstage aspects of all productions.

    In the Sixth Form, numerous duties are carried out by the students, all of which contribute to their own personal development, as well as the good of the school. These include the appointment of a Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy and/or Deputy Head Girl, who partake in various responsibilities throughout the school, as well as the Student Voice team, a group of Year 13 students who assist with the organisation and day-to-day running of the Sixth Form. See the next tab for more details.

    Students and staff are entirely focused on achieving the best possible outcomes at the end of the final year of compulsory schooling. Mr Gaskell is the Pastoral Leader for this final phase of compulsory education. Mock examinations take place in December and Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) in March, with final GCSE examinations usually beginning in May and continuing to the end of June. Students will also consider their plans for post-16 and will be given guidance and support towards making the most appropriate choices for their future education or work pathway; the Government requires that all students are engaged in Employment, Education or Training until the age of 18.
    There are three members of the Sixth Form support team: Mr Doyle (Head of Sixth Form), Mr West (Deputy Head of Sixth Form) and Miss Bhullar (Sixth Form Support Officer). These three members of staff are dedicated to ensuring that the Sixth Form receive the best possible care during their last two years in the school. This includes the organisation of trips to taster days, exhibitions and seminars, for those students that wish to pursue further education.

    The Sixth Form is supported by a tutor team, which consists of seven members of staff who each have a form group. Form Tutors are assigned according to their students’ interests and aspirations wherever possible (for instance, students with an interest in further Science study could have a member of the science faculty as their tutor). They can provide one-to-one guidance to students where appropriate.

    All attendance issues must go through the school. Parents/carers of Sixth Form students are asked to call the Sixth Form Attendance Line (020 8232 7972) and leave a message if their child is to be absent from school for sickness or any other reason. A call should be made for every day that a student is absent, and absences not reported will be noted as unauthorised, with further steps being taken if appropriate. Only parents/carers can authorise absences. Attendance in the Sixth Form is compulsory, and any students not adhering to the rules regarding attendance will be subject to sanctions.

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