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Pastoral care at the Courtyard

One of our primary aims is to ensure the welfare of every pupil.

Each pupil at The Courtyard School has an Individual Education Plan which is written in collaboration with the school, parents/carers and the pupil, detailing how their emotional, social and education needs, described in their statement of Special Educational Needs or their Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) will be met.

All pupils are allocated a key worker who meets with them regularly to talk about developments in their academic, personal and social lives. When appropriate, pupils are offered guidance and counselling to help them with all aspects of their school experience both academic and social. Any difficulties, whether they originate inside or outside The Courtyard, are tackled sympathetically and positively.

All pupils take part in Guardian time. This is a vertical structure, meaning that each group has members from across the year groups. The focus of these daily sessions is to develop the pupils social and communication skills.

The Courtyard School holds weekly assemblies where the focus is on the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.

Our aim to support each pupil so they can develop the skills and knowledge necessary to live happy and fulfilling lives.




Photo of pupils and staff at The Courtyard on a snowy World Book Day

World Book Day The Courtyard turns into a colourful literary festival as students and teachers dress up as their favourite fictional characters in honour of World Book Day