Cleveden enjoys an enviable reputation as a civilised and caring school and much of the credit for that lies with the many teachers who are directly involved with our system of pastoral care.
Houses, Tutor Groups and Student Tutors
Every pupil is in one of four houses. However, at the moment as we are reviewing our house system and re-considering their names, we are temporarily calling the four Houses 'A' House, 'B' House, 'C' House and 'D' House. Each house is headed by a Principal Teacher of Pastoral Care who is the main link between school and family/home. Every day, the tutor groups (up to 20 pupils in each group S1 - S4, up to 30 S5/6) meet for 10 minutes in Personal Support Time (PST) first thing in each morning (08:55 -09:05). This is the time when registration and attendance matters are often dealt with, but it is also an opportunity for PST teachers to raise issues of current concern/pass on information/hand out letters etc... – (e.g. exams coming up, forthcoming social events, consultations about school policy matters and so on). This system allows teachers to build up long-term relationships with a manageable group of young people in a relatively informal situation.
There have been changes to our Pastoral care team recently. Mr McKenzie who was the PTPC in charge of Stuart House, has taken up a new role within Cleveden. As such, not only have we appointed a new Pastoral Care Teacher to replace him but, as the school roll has increased, we were in a position that we could also appoint an additional Pastoral Care Teacher, increasing our overall total from three to four. Our plan is to create a fourth 'House' and in doing this we have the opportunity to re-visit our 'House' system overall, perhaps creating four new 'Houses' (new names, etc). The planning and preparation for this has already started but it will involve consultation and collaboration with all young people. Hopefully this will all be in place for the new session in August 2022. In the meantime, Ms Donald and Mrs Cranston will be overseeing Stuart House. (the breakdown of Stuart classes can be seen below)
Principal Teachers of Pastoral Care
The pastoral care PT is a very important person in a secondary school pupil's life. He or she is the child's trouble-shooter and the school's main link with the home. It is the PTPC who monitors attendance and timekeeping across the house, who scrutinises and summarises the school reports for UCAS and prospective employers.
Mrs Catherine Commaille
(Falcon 'F' House)
Mr Thomas Stevenson
(Harrier 'H' House)
Mrs Catriona Cranston
(Eagle 'E' House)
Ms Jaime Donald
(Osprey 'O' House)
Getting to See the PTPCs
Parents/carers who wish to discuss things with the Principal Teachers of Pastoral Care would normally write or telephone to make an appointment. In an emergency, parents, can of course, just come up to the school and someone will see them, but the key person may not be available immediately.
The pastoral care staff are responsible for the provision of vocational advice, and for liaison with the Careers Service. They also coordinate the vital process of getting the children to compile their own progress profiles. All youngsters in the middle school will receive a structured programme of careers and social education, and each pupil in S4 will be given the opportunity to have an interview with a Careers Adviser. The Careers Service also attend parents' meetings, and are happy to advise individual parents.
When pupils have to go through the process of choosing and negotiating certificated courses the PTPC will play a key role in helping to advise pupils and parents.