Effective pastoral care underpins all aspects of school life. Every child is cared for and nurtured in a friendly, safe and welcoming environment. The term 'Durlston Family' is embedded in our culture and both children and parents regularly comment on the sense of belonging that they experience here.
All staff are readily available to talk to and actively encourage open discussion about any areas of concern or issues that arise. The school community is structured so that the older children spend time getting to know the younger ones. This further promotes the family feel and also ensures that relationships are developed which aid transition throughout the school.
"My children feel at ease when they are at school, that they can rely on an adult to speak to if they need to. This speaks volumes on the quality of staff you have."
As part of the support that we can offer, we have two fully qualified ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants), one of whom is also a FEIPS practioner (Framework of Enhanced Individual Pastoral Support). This means that our support extends well beyond the academic to truly care for the 'whole' child.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection policies ensure that our approach to welfare is rigorous and systematic, but with individual children at the very heart of it. We recognise and value the unique needs of each child and tailor our support accordingly.
We have high expectations in terms of behaviour; children are recognised for upholding core values such as honesty, kindness, consideration and hard work, and for excellent manners. The Durlston motto 'Erectus non Elatus' means 'Proud but not Boastful' and we are indeed proud of the way in which our children consistently embody this.