Pupils of all ages fundamentally need to be happy and secure at school.
Queen’s College is enriched by the diversity of our students. All are individuals and we recognise that life does not always turn out as planned. From time to time, students do experience difficulties which take many forms and through our pastoral care, they are encouraged to talk about their problems and to seek advice.
We understand that the students’ problems could affect the rest of the family and occasionally, friends. Through experience we have been able to help families through difficult times.
Mr Andrew Free, Deputy Head, oversees all the pastoral care at Queen’s College as well as being the Designated Safeguarding Lead. There is a rolling programme of Child Protection Updates and training for all employees at Queen’s College.
A variety of topics is covered in the Pastoral, Social, Health and Moral Education (PSHME) lessons and in tutor time. A list of the topics for each year group can be provided on request. Outside speakers and video material are also used to enhance the pastoral care.
It is very important that both pupils and parents feel that they can raise any concerns and know that the matter will be dealt with in confidence and that help will be provided, either from staff in school or with the assistance of outside agencies. Queen’s College also has a newly refurbished Medical Centre which provides 24 hour cover and is staffed by fully trained nurses.
All employees, both academic and non-academic, are very aware that if a pupil is struggling and in need of support, there is a very clear process to follow in order to provide help. It is the responsibility of the whole College to respond with support.
To download our Safeguarding Poster (below), please CLICK HERE.