The Ecclesbourne School has a long and proud tradition of nurturing the various talents of every student, helping each to realise their potential both in academic terms and as happy well rounded individuals. Here, pastoral care means sincere and practical concern for the whole person, including their health and well-being, and social, moral, cultural and spiritual development.
Such is the heart of our enterprise but in order to be truly effective we have to really know each child. To this end we have, in effect, created three smaller schools within the Academy; Lower School (Key Stage 3) Upper School (Key Stage 4) and Sixth Form (Key Stage 5). Each of these is led by a deputy head teacher supported by a dedicated team of guidance staff who are the heads of year. They in turn lead tutor teams. The form tutor’s concern is for the all-round development of each of their tutees.
The heads of school and heads of year liaise with faculties and subjects and are the first port of call for parents/ carers wishing to discuss any aspect of their child’s progress. Academic reports and parents’ evenings are coordinated by the relevant school office.
In addition the Schools coordinate appropriate annual programmes to personalise support advice and guidance for students throughout their education at Ecclesbourne and help them to make well informed choices at the end of each Key Stage. The most important of these are transition arrangements at Key Stage 2 to 3, options choices at the start of Key Stage 4, gateway choices at the end of Key Stage 4 and UCAS and other pathway choices after Key Stage 5.