The robust academic programme is supported by a strong pastoral system, which nurtures and enables each student to achieve their full potential.

The Pastoral Team – “Support for the individual”

The Assistant Principal Pastoral is responsible for delivering the pastoral care programme and ensuring the pastoral needs and requirements of the students in the secondary school are met. The Assistant Principal works closely with two other Heads of House to ensure that the provision for each individual student is robust. This Head of House team is directly supported by a team of tutors who monitor the day to day lives of their tutor group. Each member of the team is available for parent consultation if requested.

Pastoral care deals with the overall welfare and development of a student and as such is central to the achievement of our mission statement. It is important that every student in the school has an adult who takes a specific interest in their development, welfare, progress and achievements. As a student enters the Secondary School so their lives in the school become more disparate as they begin to be taught by subject specialists.

The Form Tutor is the daily focus for each student and their parents whilst they are in the Secondary School ensuring that communication between school, student and home is open and effective. The Student Counsellor is available for students with particular problems or for informal consultation and advice.

The ultimate aim of the Pastoral Team is that every student is supported in achieving their individual potential and gets the most out of their time at the school.

The Secondary Principal has overall responsibility for the Pastoral Care Programme.

Each member of the team is available for parent consultation at any time.

The ultimate aim of the Pastoral Team is that every student is supported in achieving their individual potential and gets the most out of their time at the school.

Who’s who

Assistant Principal (Pastoral) – Andrew Williams

Head of Edwards House – Andrea Tarrant

Head of Taylor House- Nicola Hardy

Head of Walters House – Mark Owens

House System

The House system was introduced in 2005 with the opening of the Windsor Park Campus. There are currently three Houses at Bromsgrove, named after previous and current Headmasters at Bromsgrove School UK:

Edwards House named after the Headmaster (from 2004), Mr Chris Edwards MA, Merton College, Oxford

Taylor House named after Mr Tim Taylor MA, St Peter’s College, Oxford (Headmaster 1986-2004)

Walters House named after Mr David Walters M.C., MA, Brasenose College, Oxford (Headmaster 1931-1953).

Students in each House compete in a wide range of House events throughout the school year ranging from the sporting to the creative. Students are awarded Polio Points for a range of BIST learner attributes; these are translated into House Points. Students also earn House Points for participating, and winning, in events. The House system not only instils a great sense of community and friendly competition, but your house becomes your family during your time at Bromsgrove.

Student Voice

There is a vibrant Student Voice culture in the school, guided by the Head Boy and Head Girl, which discusses matters of student concern with Senior Management on a regular basis. Through the Learning Committee, Well-Being Committee and Student Executive, every student has a voice in the general running of the School and many initiatives have come from this source to benefit the comfort and wellbeing of the students.

 The Learning Journal

 All students are provided with a Learning Journal, incorporating information about school expectations and conduct, the school dress code and a full diary for the year to record all ELO’s and ILT’s, notes and important events and dates. It also includes sheets for weekly target setting and review. The Learning Journal forms an important communication link between the school and the parents, and is checked by the Form Tutor on a regular basis. Parents are requested to check and sign the Learning Journal on a weekly basis.

New Student Induction Programme

Every new student who enters BIST is carefully supported to ensure that they have a smooth transition into their new school life. The Head of Primary or relevant Head of House (in Secondary) will introduce them to their Form Tutor, talk through school procedures and ensure that the new student has all the necessary equipment and timetable. They will also be assigned a ‘buddy’; a suitable student who will act as guide and advisor for the first week. Tutors keep in close and regular contact with parents: every two weeks an email is sent out to inform parents of their child’s progress at school.

Student Behaviour

We have clear expectations of behaviour and conduct at BIST that are for the benefit of the school community as a whole. These expectations support the development of the BIST learner attributes and are centred about mutual respect, trust and global citizenship.

Through these expectations, we seek to give each student a secure environment in which to work, study, socialise and play. Students must follow all rules and procedures that are listed for certain areas of the school campus; in the classroom, dining hall, hallways, swimming pool, gymnasium and football field.

Rewards and Student Tracking

Rewards come in the form of Polio Points and these are given against the range of BIST learner attributes that we have. Students should track their Polio Points and challenge themselves to be awarded a range of these points against every learner profile attribute. If, for example, a student has received fewer Polio Points for ‘Risk Taking’ then they could set themselves a target to develop this attribute. These rewards then take on a greater meaning as each student is not only saving lives, but developing their own self and character.

If a student does not meet our standards in terms of their behaviour, attitude or conduct then they will be placed on a tracking report and closely monitored by the relevant Head of House. On the rare occasion that this is not effective, then they will be further monitored and tracked by the Assistant Principal Pastoral. If improvements are not made, this will result in closely working with the Secondary Principal. It is important at these times that we have a direct dialogue with home and we work closely together to ensure that the student is swiftly back on track.

Care of School Property

We work on a beautiful campus and we take great care and pride in our environment. In order to have a school of which we all may be proud, it is necessary for everyone to feel a sense of ownership and responsibility. Students who deface, damage or destroy school materials or property will be subject to disciplinary action and required to make financial reimbursement.

Lost and Found

There is a ‘lost and found’ box located in the Student Information Centre. All items found must be brought to this office.

Lockers & Valuables Items

Students are strongly discouraged from carrying around valuable items, such as iPods, mobile phones, laptops and The School cannot accept responsibility for such items lost or damaged while in School. We strongly advise that each student makes full use of their locker which is provided in the first week of term. Lockers can be accessed by the student at the start of the school day, break and lunch time. If a student is unable to access their locker then their tutor is the first port of call.

Banned Items

The following items, which may be hazardous or a distraction to others, may NOT be brought into school –

  • Weapons (guns, knives, catapults etc.) including replicas.
  • Drugs and drug-related items (unless medically prescribed)
  • Any form of alcohol and tobacco.
  • Undesirable pictures, books, magazines.
  • Firecrackers, lighters or matches.
  • Expensive toys, expensive jewellery.
  • Liquid paper (correction fluid)
  • Chewing gum

Students found in possession of items listed above will be subject to disciplinary action as per the school behavior policy and be dealt with by the Assistant Principal Pastoral and Secondary Principal. In extreme circumstances, the Deputy Head and Head of School will be involved.

Misbehaviour and Student-centred Consequences

Bromsgrove is in general a well disciplined school making it easy for teachers in the classroom and in House to focus on and praise good behaviour rather than bad. Good behaviour and outstanding achievement are recognised regularly and formally in weekly whole school assemblies and in House Meetings.  At BIST we believe that students are accountable for their actions; they are responsible for conducting themselves properly, in a way that upholds the reputation of the School, and in a manner appropriate to their age and level of their tutor or class teacher. As such, we do not administer detentions but subscribe to the concept of student devised sanctions. We ask students to think carefully about their actions and suggest a way that they can make amends for their behaviour. Students will be asked to explain any behaviour that departs from the expected initially to their tutor or class teacher. Should any student persist in ignoring the guidelines or be in serious breach of them, he or she will be accountable to their respective Head of House, Assistant Principal Pastoral, Secondary Principal, Deputy Head and ultimately to the Headmaster.

The Bromsgrove Behaviour Policy