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.
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.
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.
The House system
Tring School operates a vertical tutoring system and new students will be placed in mixed-age tutor groups. These groups consist of students from each of the Year groups in the school. Students remain with their tutor group, usually with the same tutor, throughout their time in the school.
Each tutor group is designated to one of our four Houses. These are named after local places – Ascott, Claydon, Halton and Waddesdon. When assigned to a House in Year 7, students represent that House for the rest of their time at Tring School. Each House is supported by a Head of House who lead the team of tutors and are responsible for the welfare and progress of the students in Years 7 – 11.
The Tutor and the Head of House are responsible for overseeing attendance, punctuality and uniform. They also stress the importance of excellent standards of behaviour, monitor academic progress and maintain close contact with parents.
Tring School’s House system provides a wide range of opportunities for students to participate in social activities, charity work and an ever increasing number of inter-house competitions. Most of these carry points which lead to an annual presentation for the winning House.
Students in Years 12 and 13 form part of the tutor and House system together with our specialist Head of Sixth Form and Student Support Manager who work specifically with our Sixth Form students, monitoring their attendance, academic progress and maintaining close contact with parents.
Heads of House
Ascott – Mr J Sanday
Claydon – Mrs D Young
Halton – Mrs K Baiden
Waddesdon – Miss J Stefan
Head of Sixth Form – Miss J Alder (Maternity Cover for Mrs S Kay)
KS5 Student Support Manager – Miss A Moore
Sixth Form Administrator – Mrs L Evans
UCAS Co-ordinator – Mrs N Hubble