Pastoral Care

Oakfield Preparatory School

Pastoral Care

At Oakfield, pastoral care is important to all who work within our community. Every child is made to feel valued and all pupils, teachers and parents share in belonging to the Oakfield family.

Pupils' moral awareness is excellent. The school's behaviour code is well understood and pupils demonstrate a clear sense of right and wrong.

ISI Inspection Report 2014

Parents are encouraged to make the Class Teacher the first port-of-call in any enquiry about academic matters, and communications on pastoral matters are encouraged either through formal appointments or informal meetings at the start and end of the day. The School Calendar and email are vital communication tools between home and school.

A Class Teacher’s role varies by year group, but all are responsible for managing the overall development of their Class and maintaining close contact with Senior Staff. Class Teachers deliver our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education programme whilst encouraging all pupils to make the most of their time at Oakfield to ensure their talents are developed to the full. Senior Pupils are given roles and responsibilities so that they feel valued in the community and are coached to be role models to which younger children will aspire.


Positive Behaviour

A sense of responsibility to others is encouraged so that the values of courtesy and good manners are instilled in the children and become part of their future success.

Our code of conduct enables all members of the community to feel safe and secure and share strong moral values.

At Oakfield we:

  • Foster positive, caring attitudes towards everyone where achievements at all levels are valued
  • Encourage independence and self-discipline so that all children learn to accept responsibility for their own behaviour
  • Have a consistent approach to behaviour throughout the school with parental co-operation and involvement
  • Aim to raise children’s self-esteem and foster a highly motivated environment throughout the school.

Our Staff Commitment

All Oakfield staff are committed to developing the whole child, with all their idiosyncrasies as they develop interpersonal skills alongside their academic abilities.

The Headmaster and Head of Pre-Prep are very much part of the pastoral team at Oakfield and parents are most welcome to come and discuss both academic and pastoral matters. They meet with staff, both formally and informally, on a regular basis so that they are kept fully informed about all areas of development.

‘Line up’ is a long-established Oakfield tradition where children in all parts of the school greet the Headmaster with a cheery ‘good morning’ or 'good afternoon'. The Senior Leadership Team go the extra mile to support families at Oakfield - for many this is a great strength of the school and one that we particularly enjoy!


CEOP

The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP