Pastoral

Ensuring children stay happy and healthy.

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"We encourage parents to speak to class teachers and the School Nurses about any worries, however small. Our high adult-to-child ratio means we really get to know each child and great care is taken to ensure your child is happy."


Claire Hughes
Deputy Head Pastoral

Pastoral

At Stamford, we take a child-centred, holistic approach to nurturing your child and helping them flourish.

Our team encourage an open environment where children talk about themselves and engage with staff frequently. 

Your child will always have someone to talk to and they will know our number one priority is to ensure our children stay happy and healthy. 

We pride ourselves in ensuring your child feels safe, happy and can thrive.
We care

From boarding to bullying, our pastoral team is there for you and your child's support.

Our Deputy Head Pastoral - Claire Hughes - works closely with class teachers and the staff in St Michael’s Boarding House to oversee the emotional welfare of the children throughout their time at the school. 

Friendships

Understandably, friendship ‘wobbles’ do occur We encourage your child to discuss any concerns with their class teacher, who will always listen.

Settling In

Whilst most children bounce into school from day one and make friends quickly, with other children it takes a little longer and they may need support from you as parents and from staff in school. 

We want your child to settle quickly and make new friends. New students will be allocated a couple of children from their class in the first few days to help them settle in and show them round.

They may experience falling out with friends and we recognise this can be tricky for all children to manage. We have adopted the 'Girls on Board' approach to navigate girls, especially, through turbulent friendship issues and empower them to use the strategies taught to resolve their conflicts with school support.

ELF Experts

Our Year 6 Prefects are on hand during break and lunchtimes to offer friendship and support for the younger children.

These helpers are known as an ELF (Expert, Listener and Friend). They are only too happy to stop for a chat and introduce themselves. They can be identified by their ELF badges.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care at Stamford sits at the heart of everything we do for your child.

We know it's really important for our children to stay happy and healthy. At Stamford there are lots of people our children can talk to: friends, teachers, the School Nurse, or any adult who works at the school if they need someone else to speak to.

Health and Wellbeing

We have a strong focus on health and wellbeing across all our Schools.

We see the support of our young people’s physical and mental health as an essential element to their success.

Advice

Our confidentiality policy enables students to trust in our supporting teams.

Health and wellbeing advice and emotional support are available to students and families via the pastoral team, boarding staff, Heads of Year, tutors, student managers, Chaplain and the health and wellbeing team.

Where there is considered a risk of harm, information is shared appropriately, keeping safeguarding at the forefront of our approach.

Safeguarding

All staff at Stamford have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. 

All our staff are aware of indicators of abuse and neglect. They are able to identify cases of children who may be in need of help or protection and can inform the right people who can take action.

Anna Kennedy
Assistant Head Pastoral (Safeguarding & Clinical Services)

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)

Anna Kennedy – Stamford School
Claire Hughes – Stamford Junior School

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL)

Stamford School

Katie Dexter – Assistant Head Pastoral
Chris Hawkins – Assistant Head, Stamford Sixth Form
Nisha Odedra – Teacher of Philosophy & Ethics
Rev. Matthew Phillips – Chaplain
Libby Searle – Deputy Head Pastoral

Stamford Junior School

Sarah Buttress – Deputy Head Academic
Wendy Suter – Special Education Needs Coordinator

Designated Safeguarding Governor – Dr Emelia Wawrzkowicz


Support & Concerns

We have recently introduced the MyVoice reporting system, which provides a secure and anonymous platform for reporting concerns and can be used by both students and parents.

Our Child Safeguarding Policy can be found here and on our policies pages.

Food and Nutrition

Fresh All Round

All our meals use fresh ingredients, freshly cooked daily on-site.

We use a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fresh fruit and vegetables, and the inclusion of oily fish to ensure a well-rounded diet. Our menus are based on a 3-week cycle to ensure a good variety of meal choices.

We want to ensure our menus are age-appropriate and offer the right food, at the right time, in the right way to our pupils, in order to enhance their ability to learn.

Holroyd Howe

Stamford School partners with Holroyd Howe to deliver high quality food.

As a school, we recognise that the expectation of food standards has developed considerably over the last few years and working with Holroyd Howe will allow us to keep ahead of food trends. As a school we need to be on the front foot of menu development and the nutritional requirements. We feel a specialised catering partner can enhance our knowledge and development.

Click here for the Parents' Booklet

Click here for the latest menu

We serve on average 272,000 lunches & 47,600 boarders’ meals a year!

Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy

The School Chapel is located at the centre of the Stamford School's St Paul’s Site.

When the School is open, the Chapel is available for any student, member of staff or parent to use. There are regular services on Sundays and most days during the week, and we celebrate the important festivals and occasions, including Advent, Christmas, Remembrance and Commemoration.

Faith and Heritage

Our values reflect the faith upon which the Stamford Endowed Schools were founded.

We are a Christian foundation and as such welcome students of all faiths and none. We hope to share values that we can all find in common: reverence for life, service, compassion, forgiveness, justice, community, humility, friendship and thankfulness.

The Chapel has had an interesting history and is one of the oldest buildings at the Schools.

The Schools’ Chaplain

Reverend Matthew Phillips joined as the Schools’ Chaplain at the beginning of April 2022.

Matthew currently teaches Philosophy and Ethics, as well as supporting the outdoor education of the Schools. From September 2023, Matthew will combine his role as Chaplain along with the Head of PSHE for the Senior School and Sixth Form.

Matthew has a wealth of experience working pastorally with young people in both community and school-based roles.

School House System

Stamford School Houses

When you join our School you will be put into a House.

These are large teams which have fun by competing against each other in lots of different competitions, including sport, music and more! Our Houses are;

Yellow House

Aragon

Our House Leader is Mrs Watkins. We are named after Catherine of Aragon. Aragon has Leo the lion as our mascot - as there is a lion on Catherine of Aragon's coat of arms. We love competitions and work very well together as a team.

Green House

Grimsthorpe

Our House Leader is Mr Thacker. We are named after Lady Maria de Salinas Willoughby of Grimsthorpe, who was a Spanish lady-in waiting to Catherine of Aragon. Our mascot is the Green Dragon 'Grimmy', named after Grimsthorpe. Our motto is 'Great Grimsthorpe goes for gold'.

Red House

Rockingham

Our House Leader is Miss Holt. We are named after Lord Rockingham of Rockingham Castle, Charles Watson Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham. Our mascot is 'Rocky' the Red Kite.

Blue House

Burghley

Our House Leader is Mrs Smith. We are named after Lord Burghley of Burghley House, Stamford, otherwise known as William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley and chief advisor of Queen Elizabeth I. We have a dolphin as our mascot.

External Resources

Resources For You

We know sometimes outside agencies offer the best advice for parents

We recommend the following sites for further reading, however, we are always available if you want to talk.

NSPCC

Signposting children to supportive places in times of need.

Place2Be

Improving children's mental health in schools. A place to get advice on counselling and support.

Pastoral Team

If you have a concern about yourself or a pupil and want to speak to our own professional counsellors please do get in touch.

Enquiry Form

Get in touch and let us answer any questions you might have.

Fees

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Term Dates

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