The Pastoral Experience
Each student at Chorlton High is in a Tutor Group with a tutor who acts as the key point of contact for parents and staff for all matters relating to the students in that form. Our form tutors work closely with their tutees and have an overview of academic progress and emotional well being. Each Year group is led by a Head of Year who has overall responsibility for the progress, monitoring, safety and welfare of students in the Year group.
A Learning Mentor is attached to each Year group. The mentors work closely with the Heads of Year to offer one to one support and group work sessions to students, as well as offering another point of contact for parents.
CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
Through our links with the NHS, we are able to offer our students the services of an onsite Clinical Psychologist. Referrals are made through the Heads of Year with parental consent. The service can be accessed quickly and is highly valued by our parents and Governors. An onsite CAMHS nurse is also available to discuss issues and concerns with students.
Therapeutic Inclusion (THINC) Room
Our trained team delivers play and art sessions to individuals and groups of students who may be dealing with personal issues such as bereavement or having difficulty engaging in lessons. Our THINC Room is designed to provide students with a comfortable, fun, safe haven in which to explore their difficulties and find solutions. Referrals are made through the Heads of Year and this resource is accessed by students in all Year groups. Student and parental feedback on the effects of these sessions for students continues to be extremely positive.
Transition to College
Our students are fully supported in the College Application process through our Life Skills curriculum, ensuring that not only are their applications of the highest quality, but also that students choose colleges and courses that are appropriate to their level of ability. We have strong links with all of our local colleges who offer our students exclusive ‘taster days’ and events to allow students to experience college life before they make their final decisions. Colleges also send representatives to Parents’ Evenings and career events and give presentations to our students during their weekly Year 11 assemblies.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Our dedicated Child Protection and Safeguarding Team work hard to ensure that our students’ emotional, physical and welfare needs are being adequately met. The team works alongside Social Services and a wide range of other agencies to put quality interventions in place where students require additional support out of school. Student safety is of paramount importance, not just whilst at Chorlton High School, but outside school hours too.
Our School Health Adviser
Our School Health Adviser offers a range of services for students including healthy eating, smoking cessation, sexual health and contraception. The School Health Adviser also provides us with valuable health information and support for students with medical conditions.
Useful Contact Numbers and Web Addresses
National Drugs Helpline: www.talktofrank.com 0800 77 66 00
Brook Advisory Clinic (Free, confidential Contraception, pregnancy STI advice for under 25’s) www.brook.org.uk 0808 8021234
Young Carers- 0161 456 2006
Manchester Social Services- 0161 2258250
Childline – Support for young people www.childline.org.uk- 0800 1111
Greater Manchester Police 0161 872 5050