At Danesfield, we consider Pastoral Care to be of utmost importance, with Respect and Happiness being fundamental to school life. Danesfield School has outstanding effectiveness of care, guidance and support.
The behaviour of children in school is considered to be very important. We expect our children to be courteous, polite and well mannered. We have a behaviour policy, which includes anti-bullying measures. Although not common, issues relating to bullying are dealt with as a matter of urgency. Teachers operate reward systems and sanctions, such as loss of privilege, which is used to correct errant behaviour.
The class teacher assumes responsibility for the pastoral care of the children in his/her charge. However, the senior teachers, the Deputy Head or the Headteacher may be consulted by the children or their parents if further help or advice is needed.
Danesfield is in the unique position of having a higher than average percentage of pupils from Service families, primarily the Royal Air Force. Debbie Brettle, our dedicated Service Children's Co-ordinator, works with families to assist with the transition both in and out of Danesfield and offers on-going support to both children and parents.
In June 2017, Danesfield School was inspected by Ofsted, who reported that:
The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.
The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils are especially considerate of each other. They move around the school sensibly and take care of their environment, for example by taking part in the gardening club at lunchtime.
Pupils are proud of their school. Throughout the inspection, pupils were eager to tell inspectors about their highly positive experiences in school. They demonstrate respect for each other and for adults superbly. This was highlighted during an assembly where prefects helped younger pupils to sit quietly, relishing the privilege of standing at the side of the hall to make sure everyone was paying attention, which they were.
Around the school, pupils are friendly to each other. They have no concerns about bullying of any type. Pupils told inspectors that if anyone feels lonely at breaktime they can sit on the friendship bench and someone will come and talk to them. As one pupil said, ‘I’m really enjoying school. Everyone is really nice.’