Pastoral

Our Pastoral Approach

Your child will have a Pastoral Manager, Head of Year and form tutor who supports the behaviour of students within a year group. Your child’s Pastoral Manager is a key contact for both your child and parents/carers in school and can identify the most appropriate route and contact for any queries you may have. Information about your child’s Pastoral Manager and Head of Year can be found on the school website.

Students have their own separate reception in the Cartwright Building, and this is known as “Pupil Reception”. If you child is lost or need some important information, they can go to pupil reception where they will be given the information they require.

We believe an ordered, disciplined atmosphere is the best environment for learning. Students are encouraged to exercise self-discipline and the small number of school rules are for the safety and mutual consideration each member of the school community should have for the other.

We place much emphasis on positive encouragement for our students with a strong belief in the value of smart appearance, considerate, safe behaviour, and a positive attitude to homework and classwork. The few ‘rules’ we have are based on common sense and safety. For the common good, all students are expected to comply with them.

We believe that the partnership between home and school is essential in order to maintain these high standards. Accordingly, we involve parents at an early stage when problems arise and trust that parents will feel able to support appropriate interventions. 

As part of the School’s reward system, we firmly believe that a larger emphasis on rewards as opposed to sanctions is important. With this in mind, there will be a Rewards Day held at the end of each year with as many students as possible being given the opportunity to take part, as a reward for their positive behaviour.

We expect our students to reach a certain standard before they are invited to the end of year events. All students have been informed of the standard expected which we hope will be successful in helping them attain their potential. Unfortunately, last year some students were disappointed at the end of the year, as they had not met the criteria. The criteria was developed in order to help all students listen and behave effectively, provide targets for achievement and encourage students to develop strategies to ensure appropriate behaviour for learning.

Please refer to the parents handbook for more detailed information.

Uniform and Equipment

All students attending Alderbrook are required to wear uniform. Whilst fully appreciating the initial cost of school uniform, we feel that it solves several problems. From the school’s point of view, it helps us set an example of high standards in dress, establish the identity of the school and pride in that identity. We do ask and expect parents to support us in the detail as well as the principle of school uniform. We do need parental support in maintaining high standards of appearance. View the full uniform page here.

Braids

At the beginning of the school year, students are given braids according to their year group. These must be sewed on their blazer at the top of the blazer pocket just above the Alderbrook badge.   Replacement braids will be available at a cost of £1.00. Year 7 students will be given braids at the start of the year free of charge.

Carrying Books and Equipment

It is most important for each child to have a suitable bag for their personal property, to carry books and to ensure that exercise books and other items are protected from the weather.

All items of clothing and personal belongings must be marked with the owner’s name.

Viewing your child’s record online

Sims ParentApp

Alderbrook School records have gone live! This means you will be able to view information about your child who is currently studying at this school. This information will include attendance records, behaviour and achievement information, the current timetable and some relevant assessment data as well as the latest school report.

You will also be able to view your own personal details and check them.

Provided you have access to the internet, all you need to access this information is a logon name and a password. These will be issued during the first half term. Please keep them safe as you will require them on a termly basis to access your child’s report as we no longer send hard copies home.

We hope you will find this a useful tool, assisting your involvement in the education of your children.

Classcharts

Classcharts is an online system used by staff and students to track achievement and behaviour throughout the school day. Some homework is also added onto Classcharts.

The main purpose of using this new system is to allow students to view and monitor their own behaviour record.

This programme has been created in response to requests from both students and parents/carers. Students wanted staff to put a stronger emphasis on rewarding positive behaviour and learning.

The is the system that you will receive detention notifications, please add donotreply@classcharts.com to your email contacts, as this will be the email address that we will be using to inform you of any detentions. If your email address has changed, please logon using the parent app or section of the Classcharts website.

Please note: for you to receive email notifications from Classcharts, you need to sign up using a passcode specific to your child’s account.   Please call 0121 704 2146 or email office@alderbrook.solihull.sch.uk if you require more assistance with this.

The internet is a brilliant place to connect with others, to be creative and to discover new things. There are many things we can to do to ensure that all young people are using the internet and technology safely, responsibly and positively. An emerging national concern is the inappropriate use of the internet by students. This problem has the potential to be harmful, and we ask your support in assisting us with this challenge.

There are many aspects to keeping our students safe, these include:

  • Cyber bullying
  • The digital footprint (think before you post)
  • Relationships and grooming
  • Sexting
  • Radicalisation
  • Mental Health

What are Parental Controls?

Parental Controls are software and tools, which you can install on phones or tablets, games consoles or laptops – and even your home broadband. You can also use them to help you block or filter the content your child sees when searching online.

Parental Controls are also available to help you:

  • plan what time of day your child can go online and how long for
  • stop them from downloading apps they’re too young for
  • manage the content that different members of the family can see.

Whatever your child is doing online, there is a way that you can help keep them safe. Advice on setting up parental controls can be found on the NSPCC website (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/).

Alderbrook School Well-Being Booklets.

Please click here for “Support for Students Experiencing Anxiety or Panic Attacks” 

Please click here for “Support for Students Experiencing Low Mood or Depression” 

Please click here for “Support for Students who Self-Harm” 

 

 

Please see below some of the resources that are available:

Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support service that we would recommend.  Students have been introduced to the website in assemblies https://www.kooth.com/

Helplines and reporting

 

  • If parents or carers are concerned that their child is being contacted by adults as a result of having shared sexual imagery they should report to NCA-CEOP at www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre
  • ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation have partnered to help children get sexual or naked images removed from the internet. More information is available at http://www.childline.org.uk/explore/onlinesafety
  • If parents and carers are concerned about their child, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline by ringing 0808 800 5000, by emailing help@nspcc.org.uk, or by texting 88858. They can also ring the Online Safety Helpline by ringing 0808 800 5002.

Advice and information for parents

 

  • Parent Info (www.parentinfo.org)provides information and advice to parents from expert organisations on topics ranging from sex and relationships, mental health and online safety. This includes content on sexting. The content of Parent Info can be hosted for free on a school’s website via a newsfeed service.
  • The UK Safer Internet Centre have produced checklists for parents on using social networks safely –www.saferinternet.org.uk/checklists

 

 

Resources parents could highlight to their children