Supporting and Guiding

Pastoral Care in St. Dominic’s

In St. Dominic’s, pastoral care permeates all aspects of school life and all members of staff take responsibility for the care and welfare of our students. St. Dominic’s provides a holistic education which combines academic excellence with the development of the whole person. Our aim is to develop students spiritually, academically, morally, emotionally, culturally and socially so that they are well-developed and well-equipped to face the many challenges of the 21st century. Fundamental to our pastoral approach is the promotion of a caring ethos and good quality relationships throughout the entire school community.

The Pastoral Care Structure

While all staff contribute to the caring ethos of our school, there are a number of specialised roles within the Pastoral Care structure.

A Vice Principal co-ordinates the Pastoral Care system.

Each Class Tutor has daily contact with their class, delivers the Pastoral Care programme and has an overview of each student's progress. He/she liaises regularly with subject teachers and monitors the students' progress, behaviour and well-being.

The Year Head has overall responsibility for the Pastoral Care of the pupils in the year group, working closely with Class Tutors and preparing a programme relevant to the needs of the pupils in that year.

In addition, a Senior Teacher oversees one section of the school - Junior (Years 8-10), Middle (Years 11-12) and Senior (Years 13-14). This role involves primarily support for Year Heads and Tutors within the section and general monitoring of attendance, punctuality, behaviour and academic progress.

Each class in Years 8 - 11 has Prefects who act as role models for younger pupils, provide another channel of communication between pupils and school staff. They are an invaluable asset in the care of the pupils and they give practical assistance throughout the school year.

The PSHE Programme

PSHE is Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. The PSHE programme has been designed to ensure that our students grow in their self-esteem, resilience, confidence and independence of thought.

Our PSHE programme places personal development and the acquisition of personal, learning and thinking skills at the heart of the curriculum. There is a dedicated 30 minute PSHE class once a week as well as immersion days when students are taken off timetable for retreats, Love for Life workshops (which focus on sex education and healthy relationships) and workshops on resilience. Speakers and outside agencies also deliver workshops and talks to all year groups on important issues such as safe social networking, road safety, relationships, drugs and alcohol education.