Juniors Pastoral Care

At Polam Hall School pastoral care is an integral part of the school day. Provision for PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) is woven into everything we do and all our teaching is focused towards friendship and mutual support between peers.

The message is reinforced by the School motto: ‘Concordia crescimus’ (We grow in harmony) and our ‘Friendship Stop’ – a special place in the playground where any child in need of company or support can wait for a Friendship Monitor to come along. Teamwork and collaboration are also encouraged and rewarded through a ‘marbles in a jar’ system where classes earn marbles which lead to a treat chosen when a target number is reached.

By Year 6 pupils are expected to take on more responsibility and this can be anything from organising fundraising events to being selected as a lunch prefect or house captain. As they grow in confidence, they are invited to show visitors around the school, lead assemblies and help out with the younger children.

We also have the Junior School Council where candidates present their manifestos to their peers prior to everyone voting. This is a marvellous introduction to the democratic process and gives our children both a voice within school and a right to self-expression. In addition, we also appoint a Junior Head Girl and Junior Head Boy each year, plus deputies and a team of Junior Prefects.

Stayback is another valuable tool within our pastoral care programme and is a rich source of new friendships. Run as a homework club for boarders and children of working parents, it is a fun and friendly place. The children have the chance to do their homework, play games and relax with pupils they otherwise wouldn’t meet.

Click on the moving image below to see the Junior School playground