When Students arrive at Farmor's they are placed in a tutor group, their Form Tutor is the first point of contact for any problems or queries. Each year group has a pastoral Head of Year who monitors welfare and progress and together with the Form Tutor moves through the school with the students from Year 7 up to Year 11. This means that they get to know their students extremely well and are able to help students make the most of their time at Farmor’s.
We benefit from a dedicated Student Reception in the centre of the school. Two experienced members of staff with First Responder and Mental Health First Aid qualifications, are available throughout the day to support students and the pastoral team and ensure any issues are dealt with in a timely manner.
The strong prefect system of 44 Year 11 students, ensures new starters in Year 7 quickly get to know older students. Key Stage Three Prefects are attached to a tutor group and visit during registration to work with younger students, supporting learning and running registration time activities. If students experience a problem when they are settling in they can benefit from being able to talk to an older student.
Should students experience emotional difficulties that require specific expertise we have three counsellors on site providing confidential support, available via referral from the Head of Year in the first instance. Should a student’s needs be more acute the pastoral team has a network of contacts in external agencies for more formal support.
The school nurse provides a drop in service on Tuesdays.