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Learning Support and the Pastoral System

Learning Support

The Learning Support Department offers help to students experiencing difficulties with their work. In all subjects we make every effort to ensure that these students follow the full curriculum in mainstream lessons, whilst receiving extra specialist and special needs help. A team of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) assist students in and out of lessons. Students with special needs therefore have the benefit of extra individual attention without falling behind in the curriculum. In addition, there are additional specialist teacher led programmes in place to support students who have difficulties with literacy and with mathematics.

The Pastoral System

Students at Furze Platt are provided with first class support and guidance. We want our students to feel happy, safe and secure so that they can enjoy their learning.

Pastoral Structure

The House system breaks the whole school into eight smaller units, each led by a Head of House. This provides students with a smaller community with which they can identify. Additionally, the House system provides excellent opportunities for the different year groups to mix and get to know a broader range of people. There is a strong House identity and healthy rivalry between the groups in the many House competitions.

The eight Houses are named after towns on the River Thames: Bisham, Bray, Cookham, Dorney, Eton, Henley, Marlow and Windsor. The Sixth Formers are very much part of the Houses, although they have their own tutor groups. Nevertheless, they are often to be seen in the main school tutor groups, joining in with activities and providing support and leadership for the younger students.

The pastoral system is overseen by a Deputy Headteacher and an Assistant Headteacher.

Each House has a Head of House who is responsible for the progress and pastoral well-being of their students. Four of the Heads of House also have additional responsibilities within the structure.

The following members of the support staff have a specific pastoral remit:-

  • Pastoral Managers - Day to day pastoral matters, routine contact with parents, liaison with external agencies and some mentoring.
  • Attendance Officers - First day absence arrangements, contact with parents regarding absences, register maintenance, liaison with Education Welfare Officer etc.
  • Parent Support Advisor - Works in close liaison with the pastoral team and Heads of Houses.