A Community which Cares

Student welfare is managed through our Pastoral System. The pastoral system at Ada Lovelace CofE High School places students in form groups which is their home community. Each tutor group has a form tutor who will stay with them all the way through the school and who acts as the first point of contact in issues relating to student wellbeing. They also have a Head of Year and a Head of Key Stage who guide the year group through the new challenges of each school year and whose job it is to ensure that every student does well. Our pastoral teams pride themselves on knowing their students well as individuals and caring for their progress. Students are also strongly encouraged to take responsibility for each other. The Learning and Inclusion Department will offer mentoring, counselling, literacy & numeracy support as well as a range of personalised programmes.

Responsible behaviour within the school community also shapes our relationship with the wider community.

Enterprise

The Ada Lovelace ethic is to be enterprising. We give students the opportunity, within class and through extra-curricular programmes to be innovative and imaginative. The story which we utilise to exemplify our attitude to enterprise is the Parable of the Stewards. A spirit of enterprise will become very important to our students as they move into upper school and think about their own future pathways. Programmes of speakers from industry and Higher Education encourage students to think about the direction they would like to take and the initiatives they may want to develop to ensure they are well positioned for future success. All students will undertake work experience in Year 10 and will be expected to consider work placements after GCSE.

Engagement & Celebration

The Twyford Trust ethic is one of high engagement. Our Trust motto is ‘I have come that you should have life and life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). Our school day is a very full one and also includes after-school clubs as part of the extended elective programme. Successful students learn to make very productive use of their time and seize every opportunity to develop themselves fully. From Year 7, students learn that to be fully engaged is how to get more out of life. Heads of Year take the lead in ensuring that all students engage with the wider life of the school as well as making very good progress academically. Each half-term ends with a celebration assembly – but achievements are also given a high profile through weekly Head of Year Assemblies. Termly Celebration of Learning events are also organised for parents to engage with student successes.

There is a Welfare Officer and several First Aiders who are on-call for students who have sustained an injury or feel unwell.

The school works with the Borough School Nursing Team to ensure that all vaccination programmes are met and communicated as well as providing advice to our staff and students.

Welfare Room:

  • Provides First Aid for cuts, grazes, burns and for injuries that have just happened
  • Deals with students who are feeling unwell
  • Provides support and care to students with medical conditions
  • Is not able to hand out or administer pain killers. Students may carry their own Paracetamol or Nurofen if parents feel that they are well enough to be in school

Parents are expected to:

  • Provide information about their child’s medical condition on the Emergency Contact Form before the child starts at Ada Lovelace
  • Update the school concerning any changes regarding their child’s medical condition
  • Work with the school in the creation of the care plan where necessary
  • Provide the school with any necessary medication ensuring that is in date, in its original packaging and pharmacy labelled. The medication should be handed into Reception with a medication permission form

If students feel unwell whilst at school:

  • During lesson or an extended elective, students should speak to the teacher and ask to go to Welfare. The teacher should give the student an EXEAT card and the student should report to the Student Reception before going to the Welfare Room
  • During break or lunch, students should report to the Student Reception before going to the Welfare Room
  • Whilst on a trip, students should speak to a teacher, the trip leader or their group leader. The appointed person may administer emergency first aid if necessary
  • Students who report to the Welfare Room will not automatically be sent home. Students will be assessed by the Welfare Officer or a member of the First Aid Team and will be sent back to class if they are well enough

Student feeling unwell before school:

  • Students should be kept at home if they are not well enough to attend school
  • Students should be kept off school for 48 hours if they have vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Parents must notify the school on each day of their child's absence (see Attendance section)

Help is available for parents on certain benefits. You can get free school meals by registering with your local council. If you have been registered at any point in the last 6 years then you will be eligible for help with the cost of music tuition, trips and other extra curricular activities. Registering also helps the school get more funding. Some councils also provide help with travel costs, music instrument purchase and the cost of school uniforms.

Find out how to register with local councils in our area: