The Abbey Grammar School
77a, Ashgrove Road
Co Down, BT34 1QN
+44 (0) 28 3026 3142
Pastoral Care is that dimension of the school which seeks to provide for the pupils a supporting and caring atmosphere in which they can set and realise personal, social, academic and spiritual goals. Each teacher, and in particular each student’s Form Teacher, has a responsibility to seek to achieve this aim by appropriate classroom practice in addition to a general concern, sensitive to the needs of the individual pupil. A more focused approach is taken through counselling, through the Learning for Life and Work Programme (LLW) and by regular communication between all those responsible for a particular pupil’s education and welfare.
The Form Teacher and Pastoral Care
The needs of individual students are served by appointing to each class a Form Teacher whose job it is to get to know each class member and his background. Although all teachers will be caring towards their students, the Form Teacher endeavours to develop a deeper caring relationship by which each student’s particular educational needs are identified and met. The Form Teacher’s role, in all aspects, is therefore a vitally important one. In the Abbey we believe that the role is best carried out from a pastoral base which will positively influence our students’ personal and social development, academic achievement and self discipline.