Ensuring that all students are happy, and feel safe, is our most important objective. Only when youngsters feel secure and confident will they be able to take risks with their learning, and make the fastest progress. Therefore, care and support are the first focus for our school.
All children are members of a tutor group when they first join the school. Students see their form tutor each day, and they are the first point of contact for advice and support. Form tutors support the members of their form group in many ways. These include: academically mentoring their tutees at particular points of the year, for instance when school reports are issued; supporting students with course choices for GCSE and A Level; offering pastoral support with any issues being experienced; and supporting youngsters in all ways possible to ensure they are happy and successful in school.
Beyond each student’s form tutor there is a Head of Year and Deputy Head of Year. We aim for one of this pair to be a non-teaching member of staff, which gives greater flexibility for families to contact us during the day, and for us to respond speedily.
We also have a dedicated team of learning mentors through our department known as The Junction. These specialist staff can support youngsters with a wide range of needs, such as friendship issues or bereavement.
Our most recent Ofsted report stated that: “Exemplary care arrangements, combined with good relationships, are evident features of the school’s success. In particular, the inclusive nature of the school… the reinforcement of outstanding achievement at an individual level and the celebration of that by all contribute to an exceptional climate for learning, central to which is the principle of mutual respect and equality.”
The school is also delighted that it has been awarded the Healthy Minds kitemark, only achieved by schools who successfully met all the criteria of the project to a consistently high standard. This milestone is a major move forward in our mission to deliver the best personal, social and health education available and is evidence of our ongoing commitment to the personal development of our students.
If you have any concerns about the mental health of a young person at Greenshaw High School, then please contact his or her Head of Year or Deputy Head of Year. In addition, we have a page on Frog which has a list of helpful contacts. Some of these are local to Sutton, while others are nationwide, but all offer information and support. Please click here to visit the Frog web page.
For more information about care and support at Greenshaw, please explore the links on the right.
“You have never given up on my child and have helped to re-build and re-focus him on many occasions. Quietly, he loves it at Greenshaw, but he’ll never let you know that! Thank you.” – a parent