Junior Pastoral Care

The pastoral care of each child in the Junior school is of paramount importance to each staff member, whether that may be physical, social or mental wellbeing. The school prioritises the children’s happiness above all else, and therefore provides them with stimulating, engaging and fun opportunities.

Our parents have the direct work emails of every teacher within the Junior School, including every member of the SLT and Headteacher. Boarding children’s parents also have the direct email addresses of their Boarding Managers. The Headteacher can be contacted on his personal mobile phone outside of school hours should any parents have immediate pastoral or academic concerns.

To ensure we provide the highest quality support for each child, we have created two Pastoral and Welfare Teams, comprising of members of staff from throughout the entire school, including the Senior school and the Boarding House.

The purpose of this team is to meet weekly, including with parental involvement, to discuss any pastoral concerns and use a whole school approach to deal with concerns effectively, by putting in place support or intervention strategies. This special aspect of Moorland School allows us to promise each parent within the Junior school, and throughout the whole school, that we will provide the best care possible for their child.

The Pastoral Team’s point of contact within the Junior School is Miss Hayley Mosscrop, who can be contacted at any time, through email or the school office. Miss Mosscrop, will also be supported at these pastoral meetings by Mrs Sarah Booth (SENDCo), Mrs Maria McConnell and Mr Robert Lyon. Assistant Headteacher’s and or the Headteacher, Mr Harrison may also attend these meetings should significant concerns be identified.

In addition to this Mrs Deborah Frost, Assistant Headteacher is also the school’s Designated Safeguarding Officer, closely supported by Miss Hayley Mosscrop.

As well as the Pastoral and Welfare Teams, we operate an Open Door Policy within the Junior School, which we encourage parents to use if they have any questions, queries or concerns, both pastorally or academically.

Furthermore, we hold regular Parent’s Evenings throughout the school year, which is a great opportunity to discuss not only the academic success of a child, but also their social and emotional wellbeing and development.

This regular communication with parents allows us to create a caring and nurturing environment for each and every child.

Our son Tiaan has been at Moorland Juniors since he started in reception. He can’t wait to get to school in the mornings…he loves it and so do his friends. His class is smaller than in any other local school and he has the space to grow in his confidence and ability because of this. His teachers have stimulated his love for maths and he takes pride in the work he does in class.

Moorland creates an environment where children can be children. There is a feel of freedom and exploration. They play and learn outside as part of Forest School and they have the desire to learn, rather than feeling they ‘have to’. Tiaan definitely sees Moorland as an extension of his family and he is a very happy boy.

Jane Viljoen

Parent

Here at Moorland School, we believe wholeheartedly in children making memories from the moment they join us. We view these memories as the building blocks of a child’s life and will shape who they become in the future. We do everything in our power to ensure every child is happy, motivated and inspired, allowing them to flourish and to make these lifelong memories.

Ms Kristy Jacks

Head of Juniors

 

Life at Moorland

Our son Tiaan has been at Moorland Juniors since he started in reception. He can’t wait to get to school in the mornings…he loves it and so do His friends. His class is smaller than in any other local school and he has the space to grow in his confidence and ability because of this. His teachers have stimulated his love for maths and he takes pride in the work he does in class.

Moorland creates an environment where children can be children. There is a feel of freedom and exploration. They play and learn outside as part of Forest School and they have the desire to learn, rather than feeling they ‘have to’. Tiaan definitely sees Moorland as an extension of his family and he is a very happy boy.


Jane Viljoen Junior Parent

From the moment our eldest daughter attended her taster sessions at Moorland School, we were all hooked! She felt immediately welcomed by both the pupils and the teaching staff. Fast forward a year and half and she is thriving.

Moorland is honestly like a family, the way the days are constructed to balance the right amount of learning with social and life skills is amazing and every day she can’t wait to go and comes home with a huge smile on her face full of stories about the day – this ranges from what she’s learned academically to the myriad of clubs she can attend. The teaching staff are simply wonderful and they create an amazing atmosphere for the children, which also extends to the parents – they are always willing to answer any questions you have, no matter what these are.


Joanne and Steve Carlin Junior Parents

Being a military family, we have moved around a lot at the cost of our children’s education. Being part of the moorland family has seen our child grow from strength to strength not just educationally but personally as well. For the first time she is settled and is enjoying school and making friends that will last a life time.

The decision to send our children to boarding school was not a decision we took lightly, but as each day pasts and we see her grow and enjoy every element of Moorland life, From the unique teaching styles, extra-curricular clubs, evening events in the boarding house and the fun packed weekend trips we know we made the right decision in choosing Moorland School.


Vicky and Scott Green Military Parents

Moorland is like a second family to me. They help me make friends for life. The staff especially the teachers and house parents always know when something is wrong and they will do their best to help me.


Chloe Green Boarding Pupil

My four children aged 8, 8, 4 and 3 all attend Moorland School, Preschool and Nursery respectively. When my husband and I visited the school for the first time, we were struck by the affection the children showed to their teachers. The nursery, pre-school and juniors have a warm and easy going atmosphere. The atmosphere the children enjoy is very much a home from home experience. Teachers are empathetic and approachable, friendships are nurtured alongside gentle discipline and children are given appropriate responsibilities and strive to meet their teacher’s expectations of good behaviour. Children’s thoughts and opinions are listened to and respected, and self-directed learning is encouraged. They are not overburdened with homework and an emphasis on learning through play is fostered before age 7.

My children have thrived and blossomed at Moorland, and I doubt I can find another school locally which can match Moorland in terms of facilitating a love for learning and creating that family atmosphere in the classroom.


Iona Connor Junior School Mother

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