Dromore High School has a very professional staff who are not only interested in the academic performance of their pupils but also in their social, emotional and spiritual development.

Qualities of kindness, fairness and politeness are encouraged as the basis of everyday relationships and are at the heart of our Pastoral care work.  The polite, friendly atmosphere and the degree of responsibility and initiative shown by pupils are often commented upon by visitors.

The Pastoral Structure in school is based on the House System.  There are three Houses in school and each pupil is allocated to a House upon admission.  The pupils’ House acts like a large family within the school.  For example House Mentors from Sixth Form assist new year 8 pupils to settle into school.  House competitions and trophies add a competitive element to the year’s work and encourage pupils to give of their best.

All staff have a specific responsibility for the general welfare of pupils. However, a recognised structure also exists to care for the pupils in an effective way.

PRINCIPAL
Has overall responsibility for the welfare of the staff and pupils.

VICE PRINCIPALS
They provide advice and support for staff and pupils

2018/19 YEAR HEADS
Year groups have a Year Head who is in overall charge. They liaise with other house tutors in the year group and have an overall responsibility for pupils in their year group.

Year 8 – Mrs Leckey

Year 9 - Mrs Kerr

Year 10 – Mr Crothers

Year 11 – Mr McCord

Year 12 – Miss Johnston

Sixth Form – Mrs Scott

House Tutor

These are the key people in the pastoral care system.  They have specific academic and pastoral responsibilities.  The pupils meet their house Tutor three mornings per week.  They endeavour to get to know all pupils within their group and monitor all aspects of their work.  Where necessary, they will make initial contact with parents.

An effective Personal Development programme in Years 8 – 14 and Career Guidance offered in Years 10 – 14 helps develop the pupils as they progress through the school.

The Designated Teacher for Child Protection is Mrs Herron and Mrs Ravey is the Deputy Designated Teacher.  Along with the Headmaster and the Child Protection Governor these staff form the Child Protection team.

 

Class Organisation

On entry pupils are divided into random ability teaching groupings, with a class for those who experience difficulty in English/Mathematics.  A degree of banding also exists when the pupils are being taught English and Mathematics.  Thereafter the junior school follows a broad education where the emphasis is on the performance of the individual pupil.

 

Standards of behaviour

Our ethos is one where we strive for the highest academic standards for all our pupils. This we believe is possible through a committed team effort of pupil, home and school. We also emphasise our belief that academic success is made possible in a disciplined and orderly environment.  We expect our pupils’ behaviour to be exemplary so that everyone can learn together and succeed.

To encourage high standards of work and behaviour pupils receive Positive Achievement points for a range of good work practices and positive attitudes and actions. There are points for good effort in classwork as well as high achievement, points for perseverance, full attendance each month, sporting excellence and participation and helpfulness.

This approach extends to our pupils’ appearance and uniform.  Therefore, you should be aware that our pupils must wear their shirt with their top button fastened and their tie worn tidily.  All other aspects of their appearance must follow school rules.

Your support for our rules and the enforcement of them is critical.  Pupils will receive Negative Behaviour points for behaviours which break school rules and these are then subtracted from the achievement points to give net conduct points for each pupil. Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates and rewards are given as pupils pass certain target points.

 

Pastoral Care

The school realizes the importance of good home-school relationships in the education of the pupils. Staff may invite you to visit the school if problems arise. You will normally be contacted by the House Tutor or Year Teacher.

 

Bullying is an unacceptable form of behaviour in any school. If problems are encountered do not hesitate to let us know.  We will continue to take stringent action against any pupils concerned.  Parents of such pupils will be informed.

 

Student Support Service

At Dromore High School we have a Student Support service to help students discuss in confidence, problems which they may be facing either within school or at home.  Individual support sessions are available during school time.  Common areas dealt with include exam pressure, bullying, relationship problems, family problems, low self-esteem and anger management.  If you do not wish your son/daughter to use this service please inform the school office.