Lingfield College is an innovative and dynamic place to study, and good pastoral care is a fundamental part of the school’s ethos as we recognise that students who are happy work to potential in a way that unhappy ones do not.
The school has a relaxed, friendly and well-disciplined atmosphere, and provides its students with a strong support network, ranging from Tutors, Heads of Year and the Deputy Head (Pastoral) to a School Counsellor who is highly experienced in dealing with the problems faced by teenagers. Tutor groups at Lingfield are relatively small, which enables Tutors to develop close working relationships with their tutees. Emphasis is placed on preparing students for their future lives as rounded, confident adults by developing their skills, knowledge and resilience, and at Lingfield this is done on a continuous basis. Communication between parents, pupils and the school is encouraged at all times, and a schedule of Tutor Evenings, Parents’ evenings and talks aims to try and address academic and pastoral concerns before they develop.
The school encourages its pupils to learn about life beyond textbooks and examination specifications through talks from visiting speakers, interactive workshops and trips, as well as encouraging them to have a greater awareness of more personal issues – May 2015 saw a week’s programme of lectures, activity sessions, quizzes and discussions focused on the theme of well-being, aiming to encourage the school community (students, staff and parents) to gain a clearer understanding of the complexities of mental health.
Pupil Voice is an important factor in any school, and at Lingfield we have a range of ways in which we aim to gauge what our students feel about the school and how we can improve: we have a thriving School Council and run regular Pupil Focus Groups where pupils are asked to contribute their ideas. We also make use of online questionnaires to identify trends which can be used to inform both teaching and the types of support that are available. In 2016 we are delighted to be a pilot school for ‘Votes for Schools’, an exciting new initiative in the teaching of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education) which aims to develop students’ skills at formulating an informed opinion and working through the democratic process on a weekly basis. Students from Years 7-13 learn about a particular topic in the week’s news, discuss it within forms or in wider groups, and take part in an online vote that is collated with polls from other schools and used as a means of having young people’s voices heard.
Lingfield’s busy and dynamic atmosphere, coupled with its excellent facilities and strong, committed staff, allows its students to develop into confident and successful young adults who are ready to face the challenges posed by higher education and the world beyond.