Welfare and Guidance
Our safeguarding team are dedicated to ensuring that all students feel safe, have the knowledge of where to go for support and know what services are available to them alongside an understanding of what’s acceptable and what’s not.
GPUTC believes that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; it is an environment where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Each term, external services lead on whole year assemblies to ensure that all current and relevant topics are covered with our students. This month, ks4 have received presentations in Knife Crime & Gangs, Domestic Abuse and Relationships & Consent.
We are passionate about promoting mental wellbeing at GPUTC! Over this academic year students can expect assemblies, mentor group discussions and challenges all aimed at promoting the need for good mental wellbeing for all.
We are very grateful to the CROPS mentoring service, who offer weekly sessions with our students to focus on managing stress and looking a techniques and strategies for managing panic/anxiety attacks. In addition, our weekly mentoring matters workbook, provides students with all the information they need to access self-refer services if they are struggling with any mental health problems.
ICASH provide a fortnightly drop in session to offer sexual health advice and offer contraception where necessary. Students can also request a confidential meeting with an ICASH representative which can take place in school.
Finally, the GPUTC works alongside the Local Safeguarding Board to ensure that any students requiring professional intervention, will be referred to the most appropriate service.
As part of GPUTC’s commitment to enriching its curriculum offer outside the classroom, students will take part in educational trips and visits throughout the year, alongside their 2 week work experience opportunity in year 10 & 12.
This month, our year 11 students took part in a workshop led by Barclays with the focus on ‘how to manage their finances in the real world’. Student feedback proved that this was a very useful session, all stating that they learnt something new. We are looking forward to welcoming Barclays back next month, for a CV writing workshop.