Witchford Village College: Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

Our students, their experience, their wellbeing and their needs are at the centre of everything we do at Witchford Village College. The attention we give to ensuring our students are safe and well cared for is a key priority for the College. 

With everything that is going on in the world, now, more than ever, our students need to feel well looked after and supported. During the period of home learning earlier in the year, our experienced staff were on hand to speak to students, guide them through any concerns that they had (and still might have) and this support has been mirrored as they have re-entered the school environment. 

Discussions take place in tutor time, where students can speak about how they’re feeling in an intimate group setting and help one another with their worries, seeing that they are not alone and that we will all get through this together. 

Our dedicated team supports and encourages all of our students. No matter what their background or needs are, we ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to achieve and succeed both academically and personally. We monitor and support student wellbeing and progress within the house system and do our upmost to enable our students to reach their potential.

Witchford Village College is divided into four houses – Lancaster, Meteor, Stirling, Wellington – led by a Head of House who provides guidance, support and challenge to the students under their care, right from day one.

Through detailed monitoring, in conjunction with subject teachers, they liaise closely with parents and outside agencies to ensure that any barriers, or potential barriers, to learning and progress are addressed. House competitions form an integral part of the House system and, in being part of the House structure, students form friendships and good relationships with other year groups ensuring a safe and welcoming feel to the College.

In this time of COVID-19, our Heads of House have particular oversight of a year group in order to ensure consistency and a permanent point of contact for students and families. However, students remain in their houses and we expect to return fully to the house system next academic year. 

By Bessie Owen, Head of School

Press release from Witchford Village College

All photographs were captured pre-COVID-19.

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