We pride ourselves on the excellent pastoral care that we provide at Hollygirt. We ensure that child’s individual needs are well met, in our nurturing and supporting environment.
In Senior School each child is allocated to one of four Houses: Clumber, Rufford, Welbeck and Thoresby. Children in Years 7 to 9 are registered in vertical house groups and are supported by a Form Tutor and Deputy Form Tutor. In Year 10 and 11 they register in their year groups and the same teacher usually moves with the group for the two years of Key Stage 4. The Form Tutors are the first contact for parents.
Children register twice a day. Tutor time provides staff the opportunity to get to know the pupils personally, they also use that time to look at aspects of the Issues (PSHE) programme and for administration.
In Years 7 to 9 the children eat lunch with their tutor group, supervised by two prefects.
Prefects are selected in the Spring/Summer Term of Year 10, following a formal application process including a letter, interview and voting by their peers and staff. Prefects serve for a year. The senior prefect team including the Head Girl team is selected later in the Summer Term. Prefects may self-nominate by writing a formal letter, have a comprehensive interview, engage in hustings in front of the whole Senior School followed by a vote. Those that make the shortlist will make a presentation to the Headmistress and Deputy Head before a decision is made.
Children who have an identified Special Educational Need or Disability or who have problems with organisation will be helped by the SENCO. The SENCO liaises with the child, staff and parents and develops an Individual Education Plan to assist progress.
Any issues with pastoral problems will be discussed with the Form Tutor and if necessary will be investigated by the Deputy Head. If a situation warrants, the Deputy Head will consult with the Headmistress as to the best course of action and if necessary a parental visit will be arranged.