We firmly believe that children must feel happy and safe before they start to make good progress in their learning. Being a small school means that teachers know every child in the school and all staff take responsibility for the well-being of the children. We also encourage the children to look after each other, and many of the Year 6 children help with the younger children as part of their prefect duties. This contributes to the special 'family atmosphere' that so many visitors to the school comment on.
Each child has a form teacher, who takes responsibility for his or her welfare and acts as a first port of call if there are any difficulties or concerns. The form tutor liaises with parents and other members of staff, as appropriate.
In addition to this, children are placed in one of a number of small groups made up of pupils of different ages called ‘Buddy Families’. We encourage regular interaction among the children in these families at playtimes, as well as during activities such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas Dinner. This unique system ensures that children get to know pupils in other year groups and really feel a part of the school as a whole.
Our house system further promotes a spirit of healthy competition and positive relationships between children of different ages.
Our care for our children permeates all aspects of school life, so everyone feels valued. The atmosphere of care and support that spreads through the school ensures the social, spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of our pupils and enables them to flourish. We were delighted with our recent ISI Inspection report which identified OLA’s system of pastoral care as ‘excellent’ throughout the school.
The School is successful in providing a happy and purposeful environment in line with its aims, firmly rooted in Catholic principles and with the aspiration to be a loving, caring and welcoming community." (ISI 2016).