Pastoral

We believe that a supportive pastoral system plays an essential part in creating the orderly, purposeful and caring atmosphere in which all individuals can do their best.  The school has an enviable reputation for the support it gives to students.

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Safeguarding Statement

At Tring School, the health, safety and well-being of every student is of paramount concern. As a Church of England school, our Christian ethos underpins all that we do and our values of hope and wisdom form an integral part of our daily life.   We place great emphasis on listening to our students and taking seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as students in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution. 

The Department of Education, through Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE 2015) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2016), places a duty on organisations to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people. At Tring School we are fully committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of all our students.

To promote a safe environment for students, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Hertfordshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.

We have a Safeguarding Team responsible for Child Protection, which is led by Mr Nigel Barlow, Assistant Headteacher (Designated Senior Person ) and includes Mr Andrew Dobberson, Assistant Headteacher (Deputy Senior DSP), both have received appropriate training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection training on a regular basis. In addition, the school has five other staff who are trained DSPs, they are:

  • Mrs Barbara Belmont – School Counsellor
  • Mrs Kim Baiden – Head of Halton House
  • Mr Jon Sanday – Head of Ascott House
  • Miss Julie Stefan – Head of Waddesdon House
  • Mrs Donna Young – Head of Claydon House

There are occasions that our concern about a student may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a student. 

On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under section 47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a student without parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with our partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a student might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the student or cause evidence of a crime to be lost. 

The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team..

The school’s Child Protection, Safeguarding and e-Safety Policy can all be found on the school website in our school policies section.

If you have any concerns about the safety of a child, please contact one of these people immediately.  The school’s telephone number is 01442 822303

Our named Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Liz Hynds.

Nigel Barlow
Assistant Headteacher & Designated Senior Person

Faith and Values

As a Church of England School, our faith is central to our commitment to education.  The School Prayer is said at every assembly as a reminder of the values of the school, society and the Tring community.  We have a dedicated School Chaplain who provides additional support for students and staff experiencing personal issues and challenges within the school.  The School Chaplain aims to demonstrate a gentle and informative understanding of the belief system which is the foundation of our society through guidance based on the Gospels’ teachings, especially on truth and justice.

I’m here every day as a reminder to students and staff that our community, in school and in Tring, is based on love and faith.      School Chaplain

Pastoral Care Team

Led by Mrs Heather Golla, Assistant Head Teacher.

Tutors:  The first port of call for students and parents is the Form Tutor, they see students daily during Tutor Time and lead a variety of activities to help develop their pastoral well-being and development as a confident individual and well rounded member of our community.  Please click here for a list of Form Tutors

Heads of House:  We have a very competent and experienced team of Heads of House, each of whom is line managed by an Assistant Head Teacher.  Heads of House oversea the pastoral core issues, monitor behaviour and attendance.

Attendance Manager:  We expect all students to achieve our minimum attendance figures of 96%.  This will be monitored by Form Tutors, Heads of House and overseen by our Attendance Manger.  If your child is too unwell to attend school you must phone the school by 8.40am each day they are absent.  If they need to leave school to attend medical appointments (which cannot be booked outside of school hours) they must have a note and sign out in the House Office before leaving.  If attendance drops below 96% we will be in contact to support an increase in attendance.  If attendance goes below 90% we have a legal duty to ensure this improves to give students the best chance of success.

Family Liaison Officer:  A dedicated member of staff to support both students and parents.

Academic Learning Monitors (ALM):  We have an extremely competent team of ALM who oversea academic progress across year groups and intervene where additional support is necessary.

Student Support:  Overseas rewards and sanctions.

Inclusion Centre:

Counselling

The school has a Counsellor who works Monday to Thursday and three Volunteer Counsellors who come into school one morning each week. Students meet their Counsellor once a week following a mutual agreement between parents, students and the school. There is also a facility for pupils to refer themselves to the Counsellor, in which case parents would not necessarily be informed. There is often a waiting list for this service. The Counsellor is qualified  and accredited with the BACAP and has been a member of Tring School for a number of years.  

Special Educational Needs

Pupils with Special Educational Needs are also well catered for at Tring School. The staff from the Learning Support Centre attend selected lessons to help those pupils with learning difficulties and also co-ordinate the writing of Individual Education Plans.

Child Protection law

The school has a legal responsibility under the Child Protection Law to contact Social Services or the Police if staff consider a pupil is in danger through abuse or neglect. It may be that under these circumstances parents would not be contacted in advance.

Tutor Group

Tring School operates a vertical tutoring system and new students will be placed in mixed-age (3-4 students from each year group) tutor groups, usually with the same tutor, throughout their time in the school.  Each tutor group is designated to one of our four Houses – Ascott, Claydon, Halton and Waddesdon, named after local stately homes.

First aid

The trained first aiders are in school to assess which steps should be taken should an accident occur or when a pupil is unwell. First aid treatment may be given for cuts, abrasions and suspected broken limbs. If necessary, doctors or hospitals will be contacted and where possible, parents telephoned, though it may be necessary to carry out emergency measures before this is possible.

If we have full written parental/carer consent in place, we will give students Paracetamol for minor conditions such as headaches.  Please fill in this consent form and return if you would like the school to give your child pain relief on your behalf. By giving your consent on this form, you are giving your permission for the school to act on your behalf in administering pain relief and accept that we will do so without contacting you first.

Fair Processing – Privacy Notice – Data Protection Act 1998

Please click here for the Data Protection Act 1998