Student Support

As a school we place a great deal of emphasis on developing healthy, emotionally resilient young people who are equipped to cope with challenges that every individual encounters as they progress into adulthood. We have an exemplary pastoral system and strong relationships with parents and carers.

Our student support provision has evolved greatly in recent years and we are now pleased to be building an even stronger team to support our students. Our Main School Pastoral Team comprises senior pastoral staff, Heads of Year, our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, SENDCO, Pupil Premium Intervention and Support Worker and Teaching Assistants. The team is committed, enthusiastic, caring and welcoming and we work together to offer the best support we can for our students.

Students are allocated to a form group and are supported by their Form Tutor and Head of Year throughout their time at the school. In addition to providing pastoral care, Form Tutors deliver parts of the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum. This includes teaching on positive psychology, mindsets and protecting emotional health within the programmes of study for Years 7-11. To view the full PSHE and Citizenship programme please go to the Main School Curriculum page.

Students join a warm, welcoming community where all students want to achieve their very best. We have a team of Peer Mentors, Prefects and other Student Leaders who support students on transition and throughout their first year at school.

Academic support is offered by each subject area, often including additional lunch-time or after-school sessions. We also have a successful academic mentoring programme for students who may need additional support alongside a range of other interventions such as organisational skills, handwriting development and a drop-in study skills programme run by Year 11 Teaching and Learning Ambassadors.

Targeted support is offered to those who want to access it through our School Counsellor who works at the Main School site 2 days per week, offering 1:1 support to students. We have a School Nurse who runs a drop-in session on Wednesday lunchtimes. We also work closely with a large range of external services including the Children and Family Wellbeing Services, Child Action North West, Children’s Social Care, East Lancashire Child & Adolescent Services, Reach Out, AddAction and other local providers of support for young people and their families.

In addition, as part of our commitment to positive emotional health and wellbeing, students have the opportunity to take part in the Lancashire Healthy Minds Wellbeing Challenge, Emotional Health and Wellbeing focus days, the Girls Active programme and drop-in sessions about healthy minds, sleep and managing feelings in a positive way.

When you visit our school please talk to our students about the support they receive from staff, their peers and other agencies. We believe our students are the best ambassadors for Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

"Students emphasise how well supported they feel in their learning, and that there is always someone who will listen to their views."

"... successful links with the many primary schools partnering Clitheroe ensure students’ swift integration into school life, especially by those students who join the school mid-year, and beyond Year 7. These comprehensive transition arrangements include Year 6 open days, new entrants’ visits, induction days and specialist projects, Year 11 peer mentors and Year 7 transition champions, and early Year 7 parents’ evenings and surveys."

— Dr Andy Swallow (School Inspector 2015)