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Pastoral

Information evenings for parents on Internet Safety. All schools should have a pastoral hierarchy within which pupils can talk to their form tutor or an older student about any issues they may have. More significantly, is whether or not the pupils are aware of it and would use it should they need to. If there is a peer support or ‘listening’ service there should be a member of staff who co‐ordinates it – find out who it is and ask them how well used it is.

Every school has episodes of bullying. A school should have tangible strategies for handling cases and any that say bullying does not happen are more likely to be blind to the problem than effectively dealing with it.

Other pastoral issues worth considering are the presence of a dedicated School Nurse, the quality of the food and sufficient access to drinking water around the site. Find out the Head’s attitude towards discipline. Ask about school rules from drug taking to swearing.