Student welfare is a very important part of the Pastoral Care at Samuel Ryder Academy. A happy, safe student will become a confident learner. From the first day in school, students become a member of a form group, which also represents their House. Their Form Tutor immediately forges a strong bond with their students and will monitor their academic and personal development. Each Form Tutor is supported by a Head of year in Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 who works closely with all the students in their year group. These teachers are supported by the Inclusion Assistant, and the School Counsellor who together ensure all students are well looked after and happy.
Each student, as a member of one of the school’s three Houses, is encouraged to work with other students of all ages in a structured environment allowing students to develop their skills in cooperation and team work. The House and form groups nurture students’ sense of community and this is felt across the school.
The pastoral system works very closely with parents from all year groups, fostering the feeling of a school and parental partnership aimed at offering only the very best care and support. Parents are encouraged to contact members of staff with concerns either by telephone or email.