Personal Development, Well-being and Welfare
The School’s mission identifies a range of ideals and values that govern our approach to education and our expectations of students. They are imbued with our belief that both educational processes and outcomes are important.
We have high expectations of our students. These should be seen within the context of our students’ rights and responsibilities. All of our students should expect a high level of treatment and service whilst they are in school. This is simply because they are students under our care. It is not because their parents pay tuition fees, or that they are drawn from a particular social background. It is our belief that all students have these rights.
A list of Students’ Rights explains what their expectations should be. However, it is important that our students realise that rights are not a ‘one-way street’. As in all walks of life, with rights come obligations and responsibilities. These student responsibilities and obligations represent the standards we set for our students.
We aim to help our students develop the skills, attitudes and moral values that they need to take up their positions as active and responsible members of the wider community. Such development takes place both inside and outside the classroom, and this informs our view that nothing is ‘extra-curricular’. Class time, break time, lunch time, sports and social events all contribute to student development.
With this in mind, we have created a broad programme of enrichment activities designed to enhance confidence and determination; communication and interaction; leadership and teamwork skills. Activities include: the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme: debating, the Student Council, community service, sports and overseas trips.
When we report on student progress we ensure that aspects of personal development are always included.
We also address personal development issues inside the classroom. All Key Stage 3 students take personal development classes that are built on recent research into well-being and, as such, are at the forefront of trends in education.
Alongside a growing number of schools all over the world, we recognise that we are preparing our students to enter a world that has changed almost beyond recognition in the last two decades. Many of these changes, such as globalisation, consumerism and technology, affect students the world over. But our own students live in a city that presents very specific challenges. These include huge disparities in wealth, identity issues and security concerns. Our ‘well-being’ courses seek to help students gain a better understanding of these issues, their responsibilities and themselves.
The aim of pastoral care at The British Overseas School is to provide a supportive and caring environment, which promotes students’ personal, social and physical well being.
We place student welfare at the heart of our approach to community. Our members of staff have student welfare and academic progress as their highest priorities. Form teachers, as the first point of contact for students and parents, are a particularly important part of this process.
Our parents are expected to participate fully in the life of the School; supporting their child in their academic endeavours and enrichment pursuits. We aim to develop a mutually beneficial partnership between parents and the School.
Each class has a Form Teacher, who is a key part of the student’s life for that year. They fulfill both an academic and a pastoral role.
They are responsible for collating and reviewing a student’s Effort and Attainment Grades according to the cycle. These grades are thoroughly discussed with the student and the Form Teacher works with the student to put in place strategies for further improvement.
For parents, the Form Teacher is the first port of call. If a parent has concerns about any aspect of their child’s life at school, the Form Teacher is the person to talk to first. Even if they are not directly responsible for an area, they do point parents in the right direction for resolving any issues.