Parent & student support
We value all students as individuals and aim to help them to achieve their potential in all they do.
The school is organised into five year groups. Heads of Year have overall responsibility for students' welfare and academic progress, but our pastoral support staff provide much day‐to‐day help for students, dealing with any issues and liaising with outside agencies.
Each year group is sub‐divided into tutor groups. These reflect the full range of interests and ability. Working closely with the Heads of Year, the group tutor helps to meet the individual needs of each student and builds up a close relationship with the group. This is helped by tutor periods in which student matters are discussed and topics relevant to the age and interest of the group can be raised.
Contact with Parents and Carers
We want to forge strong links with parents and carers and encourage you to become involved with the work of your child and the school. There is a Parents' Consultation Evening each year where you will have the opportunity to discuss your child's progress with tutors and individual subject teachers. For Year 7 students, there is also an introduction evening early in the first term where you will be able to meet your child's tutor.
You will receive a report during the year which will give you a full account of progress in each subject, as well as comments on your child’s overall involvement in the life of the school. In addition, you will receive interim reports in the autumn and spring terms.
If you wish to discuss your child's welfare or progress, please telephone, email or write to make an appointment with his/her tutor. The Heads of Year, pastoral support staff and the Headteacher will always be available to meet parents/carers, although the personal tutor will normally be the first point of contact.
Our usual means of communication for all non‐urgent matters and information is email. Parents receive details of school events and other information through our electronic weekly newsletter, ‘The Bird’s the Word’.
For more urgent matters, we also have a texting system. In the event of an emergency, such as school closure due to severe weather, we will use this texting service, and information will also be available on the school website and the Norfolk County Council website: http://disruptions.norfolk.gov.uk/nccclosures_schools.html
PALS – Peer counsellors
Litcham Pupil Advice & Listening Service (PALS) is a peer mentoring programme which was launched in 2010.
Many of our Year 11s express an interest in becoming involved with PALS; keen to use their experiences to support, especially younger members of our school community, with any worries or difficulties they may be experiencing. They undertake training to ensure they are prepared for their role.
The PALS are available four lunchtimes a week and can be identified by their purple sweatshirts. No appointments are needed and when necessary concerns will be signposted onto a member of staff.
If you are a student and wish to talk to one of our PALS they are all very approachable and will be more than happy to have a chat with you.
It is an important part of young people’s development that they be given the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities. In Year 11 students can be nominated by their peers and teachers for the role of prefect if they display the readiness and maturity to share in the responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school community. Elections are also held for the positions of head boy and head girl. Prefects travel on school buses and they report any student misconduct. Prefects are also present at all major school events, eg parental consultation evenings, open days, fêtes etc.