We place outstanding pastoral care at the centre of everything we do. We want our pupils to be happy and successful - in that order. We take pride in our pupils treating each other with respect and looking after one another.
Each pupil is allocated a form teacher for the year who has pastoral responsibility for every child in their class. The form teacher acts as a main point of contact. All teachers who come into contact with a pupil accept additional pastoral responsibility, whether during lesson time, at lunchtime or through play times. It is a strength of our school that our children are well-known to all staff, thus creating an extended family atmosphere. This is reinforced by the school meeting as a community twice each day, firstly for assembly and then for lunch.
A lively programme of Personal, Health and Social Education helps to support the children’s development and reassures each child that they are both cared for and cared about.
Along with trained first aiders, we have a full-time matron who is also qualified as an ELSA, with special training from educational psychologists to support the emotional development of children in school. This helps children learn to understand their emotions and the feelings of those around them and provides the time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how best to manage them. All our children are nurtured in accordance with their individual needs. When facing a challenge, they will usually be able to cope without that extra support. ELSA sessions are there to support those children who may from time to time need a little extra help in their emotional literacy, self-esteem and social skills.
In order to extend our pastoral care for pupils, we are able to offer the services of the School Counsellor from Lancing College who visits the school for one hour a week and, following a school referral, offers counselling to any pupils in Year 6 and above. This is a welcome opportunity to support further the excellent pastoral care we give to our pupils.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Lancing College and the Prep schools fully recognise their responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection and that every child has the right to protection from abuse and exploitation. We maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. We ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried. We have included opportunities in the PSHE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
Our safeguarding arrangements have regard to official guidance in: ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (HM Gov March 2015); ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (DfE September 2016); in ‘Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales’ (HM Gov March 2015) and ‘The Prevent duty - Departmental Advice for Schools and Childminders’ (June 2015 ) and in ‘What to do if you are worried that a child is being abused – Advice for Practitioners’ (HM Gov March 2015) and Lancing College’s Child Protection Policy 2016.
The School Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP) is the first point of contact for any member of the school staff who has a concern about the safety and well-being of a pupil. The DSP at Lancing College Prep School at Hove is Dr Carole Cooper.
E-safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Lancing Prep Hove. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. E-safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We work with parents to ensure the E-safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
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