We are a happy and harmonious school where pupils are celebrated as individuals and a holistic approach is taken to their development. Self-confidence, respect for others and hard work are key to the ethos of the school. The students’ welfare is our number one priority and much care is taken to ensure that in each class there exists an atmosphere of supportive enterprise. Visitors often comment on the friendly, can-do attitude of Queen’s girls and the real spirit of camaraderie that exists within year groups, houses, sports teams and indeed across the entire school.
The social and emotional development of the students in our care is very important. We work hard to ensure that individuals’ needs are met at all times and that the girls feel they are valued and respected members of our community.
We take a lot of care to ensure that new Sixth Formers settle well into school from the start with transitions days and built-in form time so that friendships can be builth. A meal out with the rest of the year group before term starts helps with this.
Form time and House time is also built into the school week so that Form Teachers can really get to know their pupils, what they enjoy and what they dislike and how friendship groups are developing. This helps us to plan extension work, offer extra career opportunities to those who may benefit and make sure that Sixth Form is an enjoyable experience as well as a beneficial one.
Relationships are strong between teachers, support staff, our children and the parents at our school. An annual cultural trip to Dublin in Year 13 enables the whole year group to celebrate their time together. Communication between staff and parents is excellent with updates via the Firefly VLE on progress plus regular parents’ evenings and curriculum update evenings. In addition to this formal communication, our staff are happy to communicate with parents on a more informal basis if they have any concerns or feel it would be helpful.
The school operates an ‘open door’ policy and we endeavour to make all visitors feel welcome on our site.
While the Form Teacher of any child should always be the first contact for a pastoral issue, the pastoral lead for the Senior School is Deputy Headmistress Irene Jones.