Pastoral & Safeguarding
Our school motto ‘Be Kind’ encompasses our school values and underpins the life of the whole school community. At the root of everything we do is the belief that pupils should be enjoying their learning and that if this is the case then a child will be progressing across the curriculum. As such, we have a PSHCE programme of work called 'Learning 4 Life' which begins on a child’s very first day in school as well as simple, well-understood systems which support behaviour and personal development.
Pastoral care is knitted into the fabric of every subject, every activity and every day and is the combined effort of pupils, staff and parents. Communication ensures a safe, happy and positive learning environment for all. A child’s class teacher has pastoral responsibility and has regular daily, contact with the child and will liaise with parents as necessary.
We encourage our pupils to be outward looking, to see their place in the community of both the school and more widely and to be humble.
Opportunities for pupil input in the pastoral aspects of school life include pupil surveys and School Councils, our Green Team and the ever busy playground leaders. The highlight of each term is our 'Be Xtra Kind Day' where pupils in mixed classes from Reception to Year 6 learn about issues such as Human Rights.
We have three scheduled assemblies: a Whole School assembly, Lower School assembly and Prep School assembly. These are led by staff, classes, visitors and most importantly pupils. Some of the assemblies even happen without the staff!
Thomas’s Fulham fully recognise our responsibilities for Safeguarding and Child Protection. All children and young people need to have adults around them making sure they are kept safe from being harmed by other people or hurting themselves.
Safeguarding is predominately associated with child protection issues such as:
- Ensuring the school environment is safe and secure
- Taking action to identify and protect any child who may be at risk of significant harm
- Preventing unsuitable people working with children
- Promoting safe behaviours at school
- Ensuring Thomas’s Clapham teachers receive adequate training
- Working with agencies and community groups who provide services for children
- Preventing radicalisation and stopping people being drawn into or supporting terrorism
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are trained according to London Safeguarding Children Board and the Local Safeguarding Children Board and Triborough Standards.
Should you have a concern about a child, please contact:
Lee Walters, Assistant Head - DSL
Paul Wild, Deputy Head - Deputy DSL
Annette Dobson, Headmistress - Deputy DSL
For more information, please click here to see our Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures.