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Pastoral Support

At Brentwood County High Schoolwhave a dedicated pastoral team to ensure that all pupils feel well supported and are able to flourish. The Osborne coop values are embedded into the heart of everything we do and all pupils are given the opportunity to develop their skills through self-helpself-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. We believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing the individual needs of each child and we aim to build trusting and empathetic relationships with all our pupils and their families.  

Our Inclusion team is made up of over 17 dedicated professionals. All staff work hard to ensure pupils can lead balanced and fulfilling lives at school and beyond. We believe that preparing them for the future both mentally and physically is the key to their success and in all situations, we ensure that a confident, professional, non-judgmental, and sensitive service is provided. 

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Students who are unwell

A student who becomes ill at school should report to the teacher whose lesson is being attended.  If a student feels unwell while not in a lesson, he/she should go straight to the Medical Room. Our medical room is staffed by our Student Wellbeing Officer who is trained to deal with medical emergencies, such as  injuries and illnesses and to support students with long term health conditions.

The Student Wellbeing officer works closely with the district school nursing team and other health professionals to ensure that the medical needs of our students are met, including the coordination of vaccination programs in school.  Parents should contact the Student Wellbeing Officer to discuss medical concerns and students can see the Student Wellbeing Officer for advice on medical or health issues. The Student Wellbeing Officer works closely with the Attendance Office to ensure that parents can send their children to school, confident that the Student Wellbeing Officer will monitor their health and keep them informed.  

Should a student need to be sent home during the school day this will happen only if it can be confirmed that there is a responsible person to receive the student.  It is mainly for this reason that we ask students to provide an emergency telephone number for contacting parents, or someone who will be responsible for the student's safety.  To ensure safety for all, students should not contact you directly before attending the Medical Room as many minor ailments can be dealt with by the Student Wellbeing Officer.

Attendance & Absence

Great stress is placed upon punctuality and regular attendance.  Absence can officially be excused only for the personal illness of the student.  On the first day of absence, parents must telephone the

Absence Line on 01277 238901 to say why their child is absent and when they are likely return to school.

If no call is received, the school will communicate via text /email home to find out the reason for unauthorised non-attendance. If no response attendance will follow up with a telephone call. This is so that we can ensure that students are safe.  Any absence which is not excused in this way will be followed up and may be passed to the school's Educational Welfare Officer for investigation.

Leadership Opportunities

  • Head boy and Head girl- KS5 
  • KS4/ KS5 Leadership team 
  • Prefect 
  • Buddy system 
  • Mental Health ambassadors 
  • House captains and Form captains 
  • Student Parliament 
  • Peer mentors 

Support Available

  • Encouraged to ‘talk’, pupils are encouraged to share their concerns at all times.  

  • Zumos 

  • Given access, if needed, to an onsite counsellor/ mentor 

  • Given access to Mental Health ambassadors and training 

  • PLZ for dedicated space for help and support from safeguarding team. 

  • Offered a peer mentor or a buddy (Year 7). 

  • Peer group support and 1:1 work within PLZ. 

  • Given daily support by form tutor. 

  • Teams gives instant access to Tutor and subject teachers – academic advice and support with well-being. 

  • Given access to peripatetic and therapeutic mentoring sessions if needed. 

  • Home visits for most vulnerable. 

  • Access to IT infrastructure to those unable I.e. laptops, wifi dongles etc. 

  • Identification of PPG students to help bridge the gap. 

  • Inclusion meetings with whole team. 

  • Reintegration meetings with parents and HoY. 

  • Building strong relationships with parents through regular contact. 

  • Assemblies to focus on cooperative values. 

External Support

  • Given access, if needed, to an onsite counsellor/ mentor 

  • Offered external agency support 

  • Support from CAMHs/ EWMHs 

  • External group work to build self-esteem 


  • Year 10 and 11 intervention Forms 

  • Regular SLT/HoY intervention strategic meetings 

  • More Able & PPG monitoring 

  • Identifying big wins and quick wins 

  • Lexia interventions for KS3 

  • Smaller class sizes for students with additional needs 

  • Strong and well trained LSA network working with our most needed 

  • HoY data drop check points to identify students in need of support 

  • Parents evenings throughout year for regular teacher/HoY. 

  • Regular teacher/HoY contact to discuss academic concerns/celebrations. 

  • Supported by HoY in terms of academic progress. 

  • Subject reports to monitor progress. 

  • Popcorn parties to celebrate positive progress.


  • Achievement points 

  • Positive Impact phone calls 

  • ‘Star of the week’ 

  • Year group newsletter- HOY certificates 

  • End of term celebration assemblies 

  • Tray bakes- form class attendance 

  • Post cards home 

  • Certificates 

  • Popcorn parties 

  • Theme park/ cultural visits 

  • Theatre visits 

  • Reward room- access to play station/ pool table 

Lockdown Quotes

"This is great to know. Thanks for getting in touch. Thank you for the hard work you, and the rest of the team, have been putting in. Many thanks."

"Thanks for your email I appreciate being kept informed by yourself and the various staff members regarding my son's engagement and progress in lessons."

"It is amazing how well children of that age are coping with all this and the constant changes that are made, especially for the year 11's. I think with maturity and the work that you have carried out with the class, he can now see more than just the story of the films that he watches too :)"

"He is no longer a shy child like he was when he started BCHS. I am very thankful for all of the hard work that you are putting in and your style of teaching really helps so thank you. :)"

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