Care, Welfare & Support
We are committed in supporting our learners to gain the best possible start in their lives and to create a positive secondary education experience. Our main objective is to protect young people and to promote and secure their emotional and social wellbeing. We believe that a happy child is much more likely to succeed and prosper.
Promoting positive health and well-being and fostering good mental health, along with good physical health is seen as a priority here at Elfed High School. We take pride in the pastoral support here at Elfed High School, and we are confident that we have the appropriate support in place. We have an effective way of working with external agencies that support us with our learners, ensuring that every child receives the same support.
Who is Who?
The Assistant Head is responsible for overseeing all pupil support work and co-ordinating links with external agencies. The Assistant Head is the school’s Designated Safeguard Person.
Learning Directors – Each year in the school has a Progress Leader, the main focus of the progress leaders is to monitor and track the attainment and efforts of the learners in their care. The Progress leader looks after the academic side of the pupils’ development. They are also a home link for the pupils in their care.
Heads of Year – All years, in the school, have a linked Head of Year. The main focus of this role is to support the learners with any aspect of life they require support. They support schoolwork, but also support learners’ wellbeing. They are also a home link, and work closely with Learning Directors, tutors and external agencies.
Pastoral Link Support – Pastoral Support staff support the Head of Year to maintain the well-being of students.
ALN Coordinator – If your child has additional learning needs, the ALN Co-ordinator is responsible for supporting and producing an individual development plan. The ALN Co-ordinator works closely with parents and external agencies to ensure the best possible provision for the learners. MAT pupils also receive consideration from the ALN Co-ordinator. Classroom assistants will support where appropriate.
Form Tutors – Each child will attend a 20-minute registration period each morning with their class tutor. Important relationships will be established, and a great deal of moral, emotional and academic support work shared.
PSE Co-ordinator – Every student receives Personal and Social Education; the role of the co-ordinator is to ensure that the content of the lessons is purposeful and supports the needs of the curriculum and the pupils of Elfed High School.
External Agencies – To ensure the best quality support for your child, we will work with a variety of external agencies. These can support us and families to deal with situations that arise in the most appropriate way.
A Careers Wales Adviser attends school on a weekly basis to support students with further education and careers choices. We conduct careers interviews and engage in a work-related qualifications from Year 9 onwards.
We host a number of sector specific webinars to share information and, for example, apprenticeship opportunities.
There are opportunities for Upper School students to attend careers fairs, universities, guest speaker presentations and to take part in a mock interview with a local employer. All students take part in a work experience week with local employers with whom we have built up excellent relationships over recent years. Where appropriate we place carefully selected students on extended work placements to give them a further insight into the world of work.