Lincoln Minster is a school of friendship, warmth and care. We value and support each member of our community as a unique individual, with unique needs, strengths and potential. Our exceptional standard of pastoral care ensures that each pupil, at each stage of school life, has the confidence to contribute and succeed. All pupils are in a Tutor Group, a Year Group and a House. The Tutor and Head of Year are responsible for academic and pastoral matters. Each House participates in competitive sports, music and provides the Sixth Form prefect teams that support the staff.
We attach great importance to Pastoral Care.
We aim to:
- Enable each pupil to fulfil his or her own potential both academically and socially.
- Ensure that each pupil has access to personal, vocational and academic guidance and support where necessary.
- Provide opportunities for and encourage pupils to exercise individual and social responsibility.
- Promote in pupils the self-awareness and self-confidence that they need to face the challenges, both academic and personal, that are placed on them.
- Establish and maintain an appropriate relationship with every parent, so that together we can help to prepare the pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
- Create a caring environment where pupils are valued for who they are, not just for what they can do.
To achieve these aims we operate a straightforward system:
This is individual work with pupils who are having problems be they of an academic, vocational, social, emotional or behavioural nature.
This includes both the ‘hidden curriculum’ that is the ethos of the School; the day to day relationships between staff and pupils; the value system of a school; the opportunities for oral, spiritual, social and cultural development as well as the more formal and overt pastoral curriculum, which would include, though not be limited to, the PSE work carried out by tutors or by subject specialists.
Effective pastoral care includes the giving of sanctions but it is actually a much wider concept. Good discipline which is consistent, which affirms the pupils’ value, which builds rather than crushes, which encourages individuality rather than dull conformity and all within an orderly environment.