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student support

Whilst academic achievement is very important no student will achieve their potential if they are not happy and motivated.  Through interaction with form tutors and the PSHE curriculum all students will be encouraged to develope the social skills to equip them for later life.

Students have different needs depending on their age and the stage they are at in their education; our pastoral system recognises this and supports students through their transition from primary school, GCSE options, GCSE/A level examinations and the UCAS application process.

It is sadly the case that some young people will face challenges that are outside any of our powers and our Form Tutors, Heads of Year, Student Mentors and the Senior Leadership Team are available to ensure that your son feels supported in the difficult times.  For students with additional needs our SEND team are able to offer high quality support and guidance.

To help us support our students we encourage parents to contact us and share situations that are a cause for concern for them at home, academic or otherwise, so together we can ensure that our joint actions will provide the best possible guidance. 

Please visit out Staff Contacts page for staff email addresses.

Anti-bullying

Bullying is unacceptable at Saint Ambrose College

Bullying is any deliberate, hurtful, upsetting, frightening or threatening behaviour by an individual or a group towards other people. It is repeated over a period of time and it is very difficult for the victims to defend themselves (remember STOP – it happens Several Times On Purpose).  Bullying is an act of injustice; it is mean and results in worry, fear, pain and distress to the victim/s.   It is contrary to the ethos and values of Saint Ambrose College which include compassion and concern for all.

 

 

Statement of Intent:

We believe

  • Every person in our school is born in God’s image and likeness
  • Every person in our school should grow and learn and flourish without fear
  • Every person is part of our community and has the right to be respected
  • Every person in our school has the responsibility to ensure that human rights are respected
  • Bullying is unacceptable and will not be tolerated
  • Bullying has two victims the person being bullied and the person bullying; both are worthy of compassion and need assistance
  • If someone has been a victim, or has seen someone being bullied, then find a person at school and TELL them so SPEAK OUT and STAND UP against this injustice

Attendance

For guidance on student attendance and absence please visit out Attendance page.

behaviour

All students are expected to behave and speak in an honourable and thoughtful manner at all times.  We see the student-parent-school relationship as critical in developing well-rounded individuals and this can be seen in our Policies and Procedures page.  We encourage you to be familiar with our Behaviour Policy, School Rules and Home School Agreement.

house system

On admission each student joins one of the four College Houses; Aquinas, Augustine, Ignatius or Newman.  Our House System provides a valuable opportunity for boys to develop friendships outside their own form and year group. 

Students participate in a wide range of activities across the College and earn House Points which have both an individual and a collective importance. The system is designed to reward both academic excellence and a commitment to a range of activities that develop the whole person and reinforce the importance of service.  By rewarding extension and enrichment activities (any extracurricular activity/charity work etc.), the House system acknowledges all the additional activities that students embrace during their time at the College.

learning support & SEND

For more information please visit our SEND page.

pastoral care

Every student belongs to a Form group with a dedicated Form Tutor.  The Form Tutor is the central point of contact for every student and provides the crucial link between home and school.  The Form Tutor is usually a parent's first point of contact with the school.  

Students have a tutor period or an assembly from 9:00 -9:15 each day.  This is an opportunity for students to engage in a range of activities with their Form group.

All Form Tutors are supported by Heads of Year who coordinate the pastoral care of all our students. 

safeguarding

For further information please see our Safeguarding page.