Pastoral Care at Dragon Pre-Prep

At Dragon Pre-Prep we strive to make every child feel happy, secure, valued and confident. Children are encouraged to think for themselves and develop self-control, independence and a sense of achievement through their learning. The relationships which children establish with adults and other children are central to their learning and happiness. Children are taught to act in an increasingly thoughtful and empathic way. These qualities are encouraged through the Nurturing Programme and by following the positive statement of the Lynams Golden Rules. We are committed to helping children to learn these important interpersonal skills alongside their academic skills. We therefore place great emphasis on their personal and social development.

Pastoral Co-ordination

The class teacher is responsible for the pastoral care and well-being of a child in their class. They keep their Head of Year informed of any important information regarding a child and when appropriate a child may be brought to the attention of the Pre-Prep Pastoral Co-ordinator and the Head. The Pastoral Co-ordinator meets with the overall Head of Pastoral Care regularly and attends fortnightly Pastoral meetings at Bardwell Road.

Family Links

The Pre-Prep began to use the Family Links Nurturing Programme back in 1998 for Reception to Year 3 and since then the rest of the school has introduced it too. This programme is designed to encourage the children and teachers to use a common language to express feelings and emotions. Ten topics are revisited each term tackling issues such as Choices and Consequences, Personal Power, Praise and Criticism. These sessions are covered in lessons called Circle Time on a weekly basis. Teachers receive regular training and parents are invited to join one of the termly courses for parents at any stage of their Dragon career.

Rewards and Sanctions are based around the school Golden Rules:

  • Be kind and gentle
  • Look after property and share with others
  • Listen to people
  • Be honest
  • Be helpful and polite
  • Work hard and reach for the sun

Assemblies and Circle Time reinforce these expectations. Classes have a reward system in place to encourage classes to work well as a group. These could be along the lines of collecting a certain number of marbles to achieve a class treat. Children are given stickers for work, politeness, kindness and good manners at meals.

Golden Time happens each week for 20-30 minutes in a class. This is a time when the children have chosen an activity such as craft or board games. A child can have minutes of their Golden Time taken away over a week for inappropriate behaviour which continues despite receiving a warning.

Each week there is a Special Achievers Assembly when 1-2 children are chosen from their class for excellent or improved work or behaviour. They receive a golden sticker and sign a special book.

Communication with Parents

At the beginning of each academic year parents are invited to a Curriculum meeting for their child's year group. This outlines all the plans and procedures for the year. There are Parents Evenings in the Christmas and Easter Terms and reports are written at the end of the Christmas and Summer Terms. Open Day at the end of the Summer term provides parents and children the opportunity to see the workings and achievements of the whole school. Parents are encouraged to communicate with the class teacher through a Home/School diary and class teachers are always available to meet parents on a more formal basis. Parents and Carers are always welcome to visit the classroom and view work.