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Care, Guidance and support

We value our reputation as an exceptionally caring school where each child is looked after as an individual.

We operate highly effective transition arrangements to ensure a smooth and successful move to secondary education, in terms of both academic progress and pastoral care. 

Students, placed into form groups, register each morning with their respective form tutors. Their form tutor takes responsibility for overseeing each student’s personal development and well-being; they also act as a first point of contact for parents and typically remain with the same form group each year. 

A strong relationship with parents is vitally important to us and we have a variety of ways of ensuring all feel involved and are kept fully informed. Ofsted rated the quality of our partnerships with parents as ‘outstanding’. Attainment reports are issued several times a year enabling students (and their parents) to be clear about current progress. Students attend one-to-one meetings to discuss their report, with their form tutors in Years 7 and 8 then with members of the Leadership Group in later years. As students build towards their Key Stage 4 and 5 examinations they are supported by mentors, either from within the school staff or from our employer partners. 

A comprehensive ‘next steps’ programme is implemented at key times during a student’s school journey: in Year 8 in relation to Key Stage 4 option choices, in Year 11 in relation to post-16 education and training opportunities, and throughout Years 12 and 13. 

Student relationships are excellent at Northwood, both within and across year groups. Students are supportive of each other and there is a real sense of community. A number of our students are trained peer supporters who actively look out for the welfare of others. We maintain our positive ethos with robust anti-bullying practices that ensure our students feel safe and secure and are fully confident in both seeking assistance and knowing that any concerns will get dealt with. 

According to Ofsted

“Leaders are  meticulous in ensuring that pupils receive superb pastoral care. The supportive climate enables all pupils to feel safe and to flourish."

"The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding."