Our aim is to establish a nurturing environment and an atmosphere where children feel valued and can thrive both emotionally and academically. Essendene Lodge children are happy children. Our recent inspection report ( July 2014 ) found ‘ the contribution for arrangements for pastoral care is excellent’.
We celebrate achievement in our weekly star of the week and house points assembly. We ensure that children are awarded for behaviour and achievement throughout their time at Essendene Lodge. Teachers and support staff provide guidance and support through the teaching curriculum and relationships throughout the school between staff and students are ‘outstanding’. Staff promote excellent behaviour at all times and pupils are encouraged to speak to any member of staff about their concerns. We run a weekly wellbeing club for any children who wish to attend.
In upper KS2 children are given role of prefects and we have a named Head Boy and Head Girl as well as House Captains for each of the four houses and Sports Captains. This instils a sense of pride in the pupils and the message that is given is that leadership comes with responsibility. Pupils also elect a class member to become a part of the School Council who organise events and raise money for our partner school in Malawi.
We pride ourselves on the care we provide during school and in our wraparound services.