Toddler - Year 2 (age 2 to 7 years)
The atmosphere in DUCKS is a special one with an emphasis on pastoral care being a major factor in establishing the warm and welcoming environment within the school.
When a child and their family join DUCKS they become part of a wider community in which every member is valued and positive relationships between children, staff and parents are fostered.
The pastoral ethos is underpinned by a child friendly version of the College Guiding Statements. Regular assemblies at each year level support these and focus on different and relevant aspects of PSHCE (Personal, Social and Health Citizenship Education). Class teachers also respond to current issues which are pertinent to their groups.
“I wanted to be a student councilor because I wanted to help other people when they were feeling left out or hurt in the playground. It makes me happy to help other children.” Tom, Year 2
From Reception, all children become involved with the House system. The sense of community this builds fosters a team spirit and sense of pride, which is further developed as they continue through the College.
As the children grow in DUCKS they are introduced to leadership positions. House Captains and the DUCKS Student Council are elected from the student body, and involved in the day to day running of the school and major events.
“Student Council is all about helping people and the school. The Eco Warrior jobs allow us to help the world too” Petr, Year 2
Through a variety of enrichment activities, children develop an awareness of the world beyond the school and a deeper understanding of their community. They begin to develop an understanding of the ways they can help improve their immediate environment and the lives of those around them. Developing a sense of others and an ethos of helping those less fortunate begins early and is encouraged through activities which are meaningful to the children.