St Christopher’s is very much a family school and we strive to maintain a caring environment in which kindness, good manners and respect for others are encouraged and rewarded. Above all, we ensure that each child is happy and has the confidence to achieve his or her full potential.
Form teachers are responsible for the general welfare, development and progress of each child. They meet every day with their forms, and pupils learn a variety of life skills in weekly lessons of Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE). Each form has a captain and pupils in their final year apply for positions of responsibility such as Head Pupil, Head of House and School Prefect. It is a particular feature of St Christopher’s that many of its Head Pupils achieve similar positions in their senior schools.
All members of staff contribute to providing pastoral care and activities such as music, art and games provide opportunities for pupils to share their thoughts and feelings. There is an extensive programme of after-school options with a diverse set of activities including cookery, debating and modelling. This is a valuable time when pupils have a quiet time to talk to each other and with members of staff in an informal atmosphere.
To encourage healthy competition and a sense of belonging, each pupil joins one of four Houses. Appropriate for a school close to the sea, the Houses are named after famous admirals: Anson, Drake, Howe and Nelson. There is friendly and sometimes fierce rivalry between the Houses and a highlight of the week is the announcement in Celebration Assembly of the House positions. Senior pupils serve as House Captains and take great pride in encouraging younger pupils to earn pluses, as well as organising teams and suggesting charities for the House to support. Each term, there is a wide variety of House events ranging from football and netball to drama and music, with annual events such as the House Quiz and Lower School pancake races!
There is a whole-school Code of Conduct which was developed through discussions with pupils and staff. All members of the St Christopher’s School community are expected to follow the Code which is displayed in all the classrooms. Pupils are given pluses for each of the categories in the Code of Conduct - care, organisation, determination and enthusiasm - and these feed into the House Shield Competition.
Care – for yourself, others and the school
Organisation – of your time, appearance and belongings
Determination – to achieve
Enthusiasm – in all you do
Pupils are encouraged to share their thoughts and concerns by posting them into the 'Suggestions Box' beside the school office. We also have a School Council with representation from each year group; council representatives discuss new ideas and initiatives as well as representing the pupils’ perspective on the developing life of St Christopher’s. Recent benefits to the school community have included the addition of a salad bar in lunch and the provision of playground resources.
We believe pupils prosper in every possible way when there is close co-operation between home and school; parents are encouraged to contact staff using email and this helps to resolve issues quickly and effectively.
Life Skills PSHEE Overview.pdf