Visitors that come to LGS Stoneygate comment on our friendly, family atmosphere. Our pupils are happy at school and children that feel happy and safe, learn well and work better. Every member of staff takes part in the pastoral life of our school. Our teachers lead many activities beyond the classroom, enabling them to get to know pupils even better. This understanding helps us to encourage, support and challenge our pupils, further facilitating their individual success.
We are a small school and we know our pupils very well. We get to hear about everyone's triumphs and tribulations, their joys and their concerns. Like most schools, we place particular emphasis on the pastoral role of the Form Tutor in monitoring and supporting each child in his or her social and academic life.
The Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral), Mr Karl Robinson oversees the school’s pastoral provision and structure. All members of staff are integral to the pastoral support system, especially including the School Nurse, the Well-being Manager, the Trust Chaplain and the Head of Learning Support.
Active engagement, conversations, social interactions, shared perceptions and laughter contribute to a network of caring supervision and support. Unkindness is challenged, concerns about bullying are immediately investigated and changes in behaviour noted and monitored. All staff receive regular training in Safeguarding and child-protection as part of their professional development.
It is our conviction that a child who is anxious, unhappy or distressed is a child whose learning is likely to be compromised. Our determination is to protect and promote the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of our pupils.
'Caring', for ourselves and others, is one of our core values.
Pupil well-being is a whole school responsibility. Our Well-being Manager offers personalised support to students dealing with emotional health and well-being issues.
Rebecca has over sixteen years experience supporting school children with any worries, issues or concerns they may have and in addition she has ten years Safeguarding experience. Young people are supported following pastoral referrals or an individuals own realisation that they need support.
Rebecca offers a safe non-judgemental environment for pupils to explore their thoughts and feelings by allowing them to talk and be heard, whilst supporting them throughout their school life.
These conversations are confidential. However, if a student does make a disclosure during a meeting, Rebecca has a duty of care to share this information, with the knowledge of the pupil, in order to ensure the young person is protected and the correct support in place.
Learning Development works across the complimentary school settings of Leicester Grammar School Trust to listen and support a child’s best learning and health. The Department helps pupils and teachers, based on a clear understanding of how an individual learns and responds to interactions. Working together in partnership; the school, pupils, parents and specialist services enable individual success.
In line with national SEND orders, and in the context of national definitions for SEND, the Department promotes inclusive whole school approaches and works with pupils in each school who have a specific health need, learning need or disability. The Department makes use of pastoral and academic information, whole-school screening and data analysis across the Trust to identify pupils who may need some support to reach their potential. Specialist support is within the context of what is reasonable and appropriate, given the selective basis of the Trust and the emphases in each school. Across the Trust, provision is delivered through Specialist Teachers, the School Nurses, and Teaching Assistants.
Learning Development includes:
- Developing whole-school approaches to inclusive teaching and learning
- Working with pastoral and academic staff to offer timely and personalised support
- Providing a learning offer for identified groups of pupils, such as English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Offering specialist teaching and coaching as small group or 1:1 intervention
- Offering in-house screening and assessment for specific needs and Exam Access Arrangements
- Signposting a pupil and their family to other specialist services
- Delivering provision in Education, Health and Care Plans within the context of the Trust's entrance process.
If you and your child are considering LGS Stoneygate, we would be delighted to meet you. Please contact the school to talk to us or arrange a visit. We seek to work in the best interests of the individual child. If you make an application for a place, it is a requirement that you provide all information and submit any/all specialist services' reports/letters detailing individual needs.
The Trust’s SEND policy can be found alongside the other school policies here.
At LGS Stoneygate, we encourage platforms for ‘pupil voice’.
In EYFS and KS1, pupil voice is a catalyst for learning, guiding and directing the route and shape that the curriculum takes. As children learn through play, practitioners are constantly observing, adapting and questioning in response to the ideas, curiosities and imaginative storylines of their pupils.
However, as pupils progress up the school, it is equally important that we find the time to listen to our older pupils. Each year, pupils are elected onto our School Council. The School Council meets termly to discuss a wide variety of issues.
We hope all our students, regardless of age, will discuss any concern with a member of staff. And yet in the 21st century we realise the impact of social media and the pressures teenagers face and therefore we use ‘Anonymous Voice’ for KS3 & 4 students - a digitally enhanced support system.
Philip Millward, the Lay Chaplain, is appointed by the LGST to work across the three schools within the Trust. Philip is resident in LGS Stoneygate for one day each week, and is also readily available to come to the school to provide support at other times, as and when required.
The role of the Chaplain is to provide an extra level of Pastoral care for the whole LGS Stoneygate Community, to be there as an additional, independent listening ear for anyone who may need it, to lead some assemblies and activities, and to help in the classroom if needed.
Philip is a Christian, but is available for all members of the community, whether from a faith background or not.
For more information on Chapel life, Mr Millward can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org