Senior Pastoral Care

Moorland School is a small family day and boarding school who select children based upon their behaviour and not upon their academic abilities. This strong behavioral policy reinforced by the schools zero tolerance to any form of bullying, ensures that children are nurtured and educated in happiness, which additionally promotes our young students social and emotional confidences.

Our parents have the direct work emails of each of their child’s subject teachers, including every member of the SLT and Headteacher. Boarding children’s parents also have the direct email addresses of their Boarding Mangers.

The school prioritises children’s happiness and wellbeing above all else, and most importantly of all is that all of our staff actually like children, which strangely enough is not always the case in other educational establishments.

The Headteacher can be contacted on his personal mobile phone outside of school hours should any parents have immediate pastoral or academic concerns.

The school has two Pastoral and Welfare Teams which will meet weekly to discuss the children, and identify early any causes for concern, along with implementing any support or intervention plans thus ensuring pupil happiness, and this may include parental involvement.

The Senior Pastoral and Welfare Team is led by Mrs Maria McConnell who is operationally responsible for managing children’s happiness within the senior school.

Mrs McConnell, will also be supported at these pastoral meetings by Mrs Sarah Booth (SENDCo), Ms Hayley Mosscrop and Mr Robert Lyon. Assistant Headteacher’s and or the Headteacher, Mr Harrison may also attend these meetings should significant concerns be identified.

Please note that Mrs Deborah Frost, Assistant Headteacher is also the school’s Designated Safeguarding Officer, (DSL). Please refer to our anti-bullying, safeguarding and behaviour management policies which are embedded within the policy section of this website.

As a school and as a family community we are extremely fortunate to have lovely students and families, and as such we place far more emphasis on positive rewards and praise, this being said our joint responsibility with parents is to raise decent, caring and warm children, and therefore we would respectably ask our parents to also familiarise themselves fully with the school’s Amber and Red Sanctions, which will be enforced fairly, reasonably and with common sense.

The school actively blurs the lines between home and school, and the conduct of your child outside of the school, including their social media views and opinions are subjected to being checked by the school’s family ethos, and as such full parental support is requested and expected.

Happy confident children equates to happy and confident parents, which in turn ensures that the school has a fully supported and happy staff and management team.

We cannot recommend Moorland School highly enough and credit the success both our daughters have achieved since leaving largely to the professionalism and dedication of their teaching team.

Our daughters had a completely different set of educational needs that were met entirely by the School. Unfortunately, we had a poor experience at another small local independent school, where after many years they had failed to identify that one of our daughters was severely dyslexic, despite our repeated concerns, and as a result she had fallen way behind in her schooling.

The Headteacher at Moorland could not have done more to reassure us. Along with his teaching staff they put plans in place to support our daughter and rebuild her confidence and belief in herself. They communicated with us regularly and they were always available to answer any questions we had.

Both girls were encouraged to succeed and received an excellent education that extended way beyond the classroom. The ethos of the School is about promoting a sense of family. The compassionate teaching staff place value in teaching the student to respect each other and in becoming thoughtful, independent, resilient young adults with a strong moral code and an awareness of the wider world and the opportunities that existed for them. They instilled within them the belief that they could achieve anything they set their minds to. Both girls have fond memories of the happy years they spent at Moorland and the friendships they made during their time there will be lifelong.

We were delighted that both girls got an excellent set of GCSE results. We believe that their experience at Moorland was the foundation for the success they are both currently enjoying. One daughter has just graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in Media and Communication, and our other daughter gained a placed at the prestigious Manchester School of Art in Fashion Design and is currently going into her second year.

The Wormwell Family

Former Pupils Parents

As a former pupil myself my responsibility and job is to ensure that the students enjoy the same happiness, social, emotional, educational and sporting opportunities that I enjoyed during my time at Moorland, whilst making life long friends and memories.

Jonathan Harrison

Headteacher

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all

- Aristotle

Life at Moorland

Moving Daniel from the local comprehensive school during the Easter of Year 8 was the best decision we have ever made. Prior to Moorland, Daniel felt sick every morning and made himself ill, making every excuse not to go to school as he didn’t feel like he fitted in and he always said he didn’t feel safe. Dan was quiet and withdrawn, walking stooped with his head looking at the floor. Since coming to Moorland, Dan is a confident young man who loves going to school and walks tall. Now when Dan is unwell we have to force him to stay at home! As a family we cannot thank all the staff enough for the opportunites Dan gets and the way he loves learning now. Dan also completed his first ever voluntary school trip abroad skiing with Moorland in Year 9. This for us as a family was hugely significant, as he is such a home bird and we were so happy that he loved the experience. We chose Moorland as it is small and our experience is that the staff know Dan intimately so that they are able to encourage, support and motivate him to get him to achieve his best potential. On the Moorland School buses it says ensuring every child comes home happy. Dan definitely comes home happy.


The Fletcher Family Year 9 Parent

From the beginning of identifying a boarding school for both our children, not only have they flourished academically, with the help and assistance of all teachers and the pastoral staff they’ve helped to nurture them to become successful, polite and confident young children.  The pastoral care is second to none, living approx. 3000 miles away this is reassuring to know that their wellbeing is just as important as the academic side of things.  We as parents would happily encourage parents if looking for a private education for their children to look no further than Moorland School.


The Branch Family Year 9 & 12 Parents

Both our daughters attended Moorland Private School from year 7 and have thoroughly enjoyed their school life here. Initially contacting the school as our eldest daughter was experiencing a lack of confidence at her previous primary school, she has developed into a resilient, mature, self-aware young woman, becoming Head Girl at Moorland in Year 11. The Moorland teaching staff are very friendly, approachable and passionate about their subject. It is clear to see a feeling of mutual respect between staff and pupil around the school. Due to smaller class sizes, teachers are able to provide individual support in class and are also available outside of class for extra support in person and through the online learning system, Edmodo. The timetable was developed to take account of their individual preferences, subject combinations and higher levels of study. It has been very pleasing to see our girls enjoying their academic studies and taking ownership of their own learning, completing independent study and wider reading to pursue their academic interest and career aims. As a College Lecturer myself, I realise the importance of these skills to maximise their potential through Sixth Form and University life.


The Spence Family Year 10 & 11 Parents

Right from the start, Moorland School was the right choice for our children. My daughter and my son joined Moorland in 2007. They are happy when they go to school and they are happy when they come home, therefore they are achieving great results and we are very proud of them. Pastoral care is embedded within the School and all the pupils’ needs are carefully accounted for. Communication is way beyond what we would normally expect, we have direct email addresses to all teaching and admin staff, giving us 24/7 access to the School. We feel an important part of the Moorland Family and they are an important part of ours, and as a consequence we are very proud to be raising outstanding children with good hearts.


The Burby Family Year 10 Parents

Our children started their Moorland journey 7 years ago, and it has proved to be the best move we could have made.  Both Dominic and Gabrielle were made to feel right at home from day one. We have seen the School go from strength to strength, whilst not losing the ‘family’ feel and their core values. Dominic achieved 11 GCSEs at Grade C and above, way above what previous schools were telling us he was capable of. Gabrielle still attends Moorland, and we continue to see her flourish with the support of the caring teaching team and school staff.  Gabrielle is encouraged by her teachers, and afforded their complete time, support and energy.  The latter helps her confidences in the social and academic sense. As a family, it is paramount to know that your children are safe, happy and reaching their true potential.  At Moorland, we know that this is truly the case for our children.


The Cheetham Family Year 10 Parents

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