Pastoral life at the school


Today's children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives by seamlessly switching between on and offline.  This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks.  In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.  

The core purpose of the PSHCE programme of education is to 'equip students with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions', not only during their time at the St John Henry Newman School but into higher education and adult life.

PSHCE is a vitally important component of a student's education. From KS3 - 5 we teach specific weekly timetabled lessons as part of our pastoral curriculum. Each year group has a 35 minute weekly lesson.  Our model of delivery is a sequenced, spiral programme that builds on prior learning as students progress through school. 

For all year groups, these lessons are supplemented by ‘drop down’ days. Weekly lessons are taught by form tutors, who undergo the necessary training to ensure they are familiar and comfortable with delivering the sometimes challenging and delicate topics.

We regularly invite in external speakers to supplement and complement the knowledge and expertise of our teachers.  This is always very well received by the students.

For a more in depth look at the PSHCE curriculum, you can view the curriculum map.  This will provide you with a greater understanding of the specific topics your child will be discussing in their weekly lessons.  Whilst there is no statutory guidance from the DfE for the content of PSHCE programmes, please be assured that our dedicated PSHCE team ensure that the content is age appropriate, relevant and informative. Please also be aware that the statutory RSHE curriculum is a large part of our PSHCE programme as well as being taught through the subject areas of Science and RE.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

If you are struggling with news about the coronavirus and it’s affecting your mental health, we have put together a list of resources that you may find useful. Please see the bottom of the page with links to specific resources.

Growing up in the 21st century presents challenges to young people and at The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School we do all we can to support our students’ wellbeing.

We want our students to flourish at The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School in all aspects of their lives, intellectually, morally, socially and emotionally. The School takes the wellbeing of our students very seriously and, through our mission to be a living, Christian experience, we encourage a culture that upholds respect, compassion and understanding. We take a whole school approach to wellbeing that encourages students to build emotional resilience, and helps them to understand the importance of looking after their own mental health, as they face the various challenges that modern life presents. 

We understand that life is not always straightforward and so we also provide support that is tailored to each student, whenever the need arises. The first port of call for any concerns about wellbeing is the Form Tutor. Learning Coordinators can also be approached for help and they can make a referral to our Deputy Mental Health Lead who will help to secure the most appropriate support. This support may include peer mentors, group work and regular contact. In addition, our school mentor and school counsellors provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for students to talk about anything that may be worrying them. We also can refer to outside agencies and professionals that can help.

In this wellbeing area you will find information pages on some of the main issues affecting teenagers and young adults in secondary school. You can access these within school or at home.

If you have any questions about any of the information or would like to talk to a member of staff about any worry or concern, please contact your Form Tutor, your Learning Co-ordinator, Mrs Ince or Mrs Howard. E-mail contacts are below:

Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral & Life Skills)  Mrs W Howard
Assistant Headteacher (DSP Lead) Miss J Scouller
Deputy Mental Health Lead Mrs S Ince
Year 7 Mr L Medina
Year 8 Miss L Hunter
Year 9 Mr N Barry
Year 10 Mrs J Broom
Year 11 Miss AM Fernandes
Sixth Form Mrs R Davies