Pastoral care at Dunottar School underpins every aspect of school life. As a community we understand that pastoral wellbeing is the most important aspect of a pupil’s development and we recognise that for our pupils to thrive they need to feel safe, fulfilled and above all happy. We strive to allow every Dunottar pupil to be a unique individual, with unique needs, strengths and potential. Our exceptional standard of pastoral care ensures that each pupil, at each stage of school life, has the confidence to contribute and succeed.
Working with pupils who are having problems be they of an academic, social, emotional or behavioural nature.
This encompasses the individual pastoral curriculum, which includes making pupils aware of the ethos of the school, the day to day relationships between staff and pupils, the value system of Dunottar School and the overt pastoral curriculum, which includes, though is not limited to, the delivery of the PSHE program through timetabled lessons and through form and subject teachers.
Good discipline which is consistent, which affirms each pupil’s value, which builds rather than crushes and which encourages individuality rather than conformity, all within an orderly environment, is essential for a successful pastoral system.
Excellent pastoral care brings a number of positive outcomes:
Pastoral care of all our pupils is the responsibility of the whole community. The way we treat, talk to, interact with and indeed teach pupils will all contribute to the quality of our pastoral care. At Dunottar School the pastoral and academic oversight of every pupil is primarily the responsibility of his or her tutor. All issues regarding a particular pupil should, in the first instance, be directed through their tutor. Pastoral issues can then be directed either to the Heads of Year who in turn will discuss these important issues with Mr Broughton, Deputy Head (Pastoral).
Each child belongs to a Tutor Group. In the Lower School (Years 7 and 8) Tutor Groups are identified by the Tutor’s initial (e.g. 7M = 7 Man). In the Upper School (Years 9 to 11) Tutor Groups are arranged by House and named using the House initial (e.g. 9A = 9 St Andrew’s). In the Sixth Form, pupils belong to Tutor Groups consisting of both Year 12 and Year 13 allowing them to work closely and collaboratively.
At Dunottar we work hard to create a climate which helps pupils to cope with the issues they face as teenagers and young adults. Very occasionally, pupils may need more support than we can offer in school. Below you will find some useful links to support sites where additional expert help or counselling can be sought.
First Signs is a network which provides guidance on how to cope with self-injury
The Samaritans website offers support strategies for young people with emotional problems
The Counselling Directory is a network which provides guidance on how to find counselling support