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Chapter System

At Kings Priory School, a high priority is given to ensuring that each pupil feels a sense of ownership and belonging as part of a ‘family’. Our school is organised into Chapters.  Each pupil belongs to a Chapter which is his/her school 'family'.

The range of direct involvement in these Chapters will grow from small beginnings in the Early Years to substantial engagement in all aspects of school life in later years.  

It is our mission to ensure that every young person feels valued, well cared for and safe. Chapters play a key role in developing the skills and personal qualities of every child, driving aspirations and ambition and embedding the culture and ethos of a Woodard academy.

Each pupil’s Chapter experience helps to ensure the development of wider key skills, such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving, alongside a sense of self-worth, positive attitudes and behaviour, and a high degree of self-discipline.

Within the Woodard Academies Trust, Chapters form the basis of the ‘school within the school’ model. They are perhaps more easily understood if thought of in terms of an enlarged house system. Young people of differing ages come together to learn and grow, both academically, personally and socially.

The Head of Chapter is effectively the Head of a small school, responsible and accountable for every aspect of a young person’s development and takes great pride in establishing the Chapter identity. The Head of Chapter is supported with a Deputy Head of Chapter, Chapter Administrator and a team of tutors.

The Chapter Administrator is the first point of contact for the parents for day to day matters. The Tutor could also be the first contact point for more academic matters. To help foster the family feeling of our Chapters, younger siblings follow into the same Chapter. This allows the Chapter team to build a relationship, not just with the pupil, but with their family too. Whilst, siblings are placed within the same Chapter they are not placed in the same tutor groups.

The four Chapters names have been carried forward from King’s, one of the predecessor schools.

On the Huntington Place site the Chapters are organised as follows with their Head of Chapter, Deputy Head of Chapter and Chapter Administrator:

Barfleur

Head of Chapter Mrs R Watson
Deputy Head of Chapter Ms C Smith
Chapter Administrator Mrs A Callighan

Dunelm

Head of Chapter Mr P Robertson
Deputy Head of Chapter               Mrs S Smith
Chapter Administrator Ms S McKenzie         

Hotspur

Head of Chapter Mr P Nicholson
Deputy Head of Chapter Mr C Gibbs
Chapter Administrator Mrs A Shepherd

Provost

Head of Chapter Mr P Clarke
Deputy Head of Chapter Miss L Smith
Chapter Administrator Mrs G Vacher    

On the Percy Park site the Chapters are organised as follows:

Deputy Head of Chapters Mrs J Large
Barfleur Chapter Leader Mrs R Branthwaite &
Mrs J O’Keefe (job share)
Dunelm Chapter Leader Mrs W Heide
Hotspur Chapter Leaders  Mrs S Gott &
Mrs C Ireland (job share)
Provost Chapter Leader Mrs C Spencer

Pupils’ welfare, safety and progress are underpinned by their place within one of the school’s Chapters, crossing the more traditional pastoral/academic divide.

The Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship education programme is delivered through the Chapter, utilising the skills, experience and personal qualities of the older pupils to support the development of younger pupils, whilst also providing opportunities to develop age appropriate skills and learn in cross-age environments.

The creation of distinctive Chapters as ‘schools within a school’ reflects our strong commitment to ensuring that each pupils will have the highest quality pastoral care and be personally known, valued and supported to achieve maximum achievement.

All pupils are given individual attention and the opportunity to succeed. Nobody is ‘lost in the system’. Pupils are thus encouraged to develop as both confident, flexible learners and responsible citizens. Pupils’ welfare, safety and progress are underpinned by their place within one of the school’s Chapters, crossing the more traditional pastoral/academic divide.

The Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship education programme is delivered through the Chapter, utilising the skills, experience and personal qualities of the older pupils to support the development of younger pupils, whilst also providing opportunities to develop age appropriate skills and learn in cross-age environments.

Each Chapter has its own identity, but all will embed the following four aspects:

Internationalism – Each Chapter will develop practical links with another community in another country and this will include active support for people in the developing world.

Service – Each Chapter will take up a charitable service and support function for a community less fortunate than themselves – encouraging responsible citizenship.

Local Identity – Each Chapter will identify itself with a part of the area the Academy serves and develop strong links and practical involvement with it.

Welfare – Each Chapter will be the focal point for providing support for each of its members.

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