Stormont School prides itself on providing outstanding pastoral care, something which was noted in our last Inspection.
We develop happy, confident girls who are well prepared for the next step in their educational careers. Our Golden Rules and Code of Conduct focus on the positive reinforcement of respect and consideration for others and for the environment. We promote activity and healthy eating, but staff are alert to the girls’ social and emotional health, as well as their physical wellbeing. We talk with the girls about managing their relationships well whilst retaining a positive sense of self. Encouraging spiritual, moral, social and cultural themes are ever-present through assemblies, PSE lessons and across the wider curriculum. There is a School Council, which meets twice a term and helps to create a strong pupil voice. Girls know that they can speak to any member of staff if they have any concerns or worries at all.
Close home/school links begin even before your daughter starts and continues throughout her time at Stormont School. Daily contact with staff in Lower School and the use of homework diaries, email and telephone to share messages as well as personal contact in Upper School are all part of the home/school communication system. A member of staff is on duty at the beginning and end of every day to greet the girls and to say goodbye, and parents know they can speak to the staff at these times too. Any concerns arising at school are shared amongst colleagues, issues are addressed promptly and parents are contacted. Concerns are further shared with staff via our intranet and at weekly briefings, so that everyone who works with the girls are then supporting the effective resolution of any problems.
The girls are taught predominantly by their Form Teacher in the Lower School and continue to have a Form Teacher all through Upper School when they are taught more and more by subject specialists. The Form Teacher is each girl’s and her parents’ first point of contact. Group pastoral sessions that take place every week cover topics such as bullying, relationships, problem-solving, study skills, citizenship, team-building and social skills, and are used to address other issues as they arise.