We understand the challenges of being a young adult in the 21st century. Our students’ wellbeing is therefore of the utmost importance and there is a dedicated system of pastoral care in place to ensure that every young person thrives.

The sixth form plays a vital role in the Emanuel community. This is achieved through our team-building day, buddy scheme, numerous events such as sixth form barbecues, the sixth revue, charity week and the leavers’ ball. The leadership of the sixth form students as prefects, school council members, sports captains and lead performers and musicians is central to the spirit of the school.

Pastoral structure in the sixth form

Every member of the sixth form is part of a tutor group, with approximately 16 students in each group. Tutor groups meet with their form tutor on a daily basis and the form tutor has an overall picture of the student’s life at school and an understanding of their life at home. They are the first point of contact for parents if any concerns arise. The student’s tutor will also write their UCAS references and support students in planning their applications to university or planning their future career.

Beyond the form tutor is a head of year (a head of lower sixth, and a head of upper sixth) who meets with the form tutors on a regular basis. The head of year is responsible for monitoring students’ pastoral welfare, behaviour and general academic performance and will respond to any matters referred by staff, ensuring effective liaison with parents.

The heads of year, in turn, are responsible to the head of sixth form. She provides leadership and advice to the heads of year and form tutors, monitoring the behaviour and performance of students and ensuring the smooth transition between year groups.

School houses and peer mentoring

Students belong to one of the school’s four senior houses, which operate vertically throughout the school. Students are therefore integrated with younger pupils in the school and the houses form a basis for much of the in-school sports, competitions and events. The four senior houses are Howe, Nelson, Marlborough and Rodney.

Each student joins a house-led peer mentoring group which meets fortnightly. The group consists of two or three pupils from each year (covering Years 9 to the upper sixth) and is led by at least two students from the upper sixth. Specially trained, the sixth form mentors, with the support of the heads of house, organise discussions and short activities designed to help pupils with day-to-day school life, make friends across the years, and informally share advice on future academic plans. Students will stay in the peer group (and house) until they leave Emanuel.

Life Education

A feature of Emanuel’s unique pastoral care is the ‘Life Education’ programme, overseen by the form tutor. These dedicated spaces in the weekly timetable are used to develop the PSHE programme and support each student as they navigate into adult life. Examples of topics in sixth form Life Education include an introduction to sixth form study and coping with the additional workload, the value of volunteering, completing UCAS applications, drug awareness, safer driving, digital reputation and safety, sex and relationships, entrepreneurship and financial awareness.

Chaplaincy

In Emanuel, religious observance – the collective reflection on ultimate questions and consideration of moral issues – is as relevant now as in the past and draws not only upon the rich resources of Britain’s Christian heritage but also from other traditions and perspectives. Pupils and staff from faiths other than Christianity or with no faith commitment are supported in their own spiritual development. In practice, Emanuel School today continues a policy of Elizabethan comprehensiveness rather than religious exclusivism.

Under the care and ministry of the chaplains, chapel life in Emanuel is liberal, inclusive, themed and gently Anglican to give due honour and respect to the foundation of the school. There has always been a chaplain to the Foundation and the role of the two chaplains today is to provide spiritual leadership and pastoral support to all members of the school as well as teaching. Emanuel recognises that all members of the community are on a spiritual pilgrimage towards an ever-deepening self-awareness of who they are and of their place in the world.

The present chapel stands at the physical centre of the school and pupils attend once each week in years 6-9 and fortnightly in all other years. Services usually consist of a hymn, an address by one of the chaplains, prayers, an anthem sung by the chapel choir and a blessing. The address is accessible to pupils of all faiths and of none and is educational and reflective rather than homiletic or evangelical.

Holy Communion, at which attendance is voluntary, is celebrated approximately eight times per year on significant days in the school and church’s calendar. Major occasions in the school’s life are marked by special services, using Westminster Abbey (every five years), St Luke’s Clapham, and St Mark’s Battersea at key points in the school year. The school chapel is also available for the occasional offices.

Learning support

Emanuel has a dedicated learning support department. Our staff offer support and expertise to help resolve difficulties and promote positive solutions for students experiencing barriers to learning. Students and parents can access learning support by speaking with their form tutor. The tutor will liaise with subject teachers to review any concerns as they arise.

For more information, please see our learning support policy (please refer to our policies).

Counselling

There is a confidential counselling service at Emanuel which is open to any student, with the two counsellors working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between them.

Sessions last 30-50 minutes. Students are welcome to make an appointment to visit the counsellor to discuss any concerns they may have, without the fear of them being discussed elsewhere.

However, if there is any concern for the safety of the individual or another person, this information will immediately be passed to the school’s deputy head: pastoral and designated safeguarding lead.

Medical service

The medical room is staffed from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Students can see the school nurse during the course of the day if they are unwell, or to take any medication that may be prescribed during school hours.

Further information about our medical service can be found on our first aid policy (please refer to our policies).

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