The Pastoral System

Pastoral care is central to life at HMS and we have an excellent pastoral team in place to support all pupils on their journey from Year 5 to Year 8.  Excellent pastoral care is at the heart of what we do at Hexham Middle School as we believe that children who feel safe, secure and happy, learn better. 

A positive working relationship with parents/carers is vitally important to us and we welcome parents/carers’ views and encourage their support. We aim to keep parents/carers fully informed of all aspects of their child’s progress at school and to this end we have regular parents’ evenings, open evenings and information evenings. 

The pastoral care at HMS is overseen by the following people: 

  • Mrs Curry – Assistant Headteacher, responsible for pastoral care and safeguarding  
  • Mr Barry – Head of Key Stage 3  
  • Mr Stephenson – Head of Key Stage 2  

Every pupil then has a form tutor each year who is responsible for their day to day support and is also a first point of contact for parents. As a pastoral team our aim is to work with all parents & carers to provide the best possible care and school experience for all our pupils.  Pupils in Year 5 are taught within one block of the school by specialist staff in the primary model.  This helps to support a smooth transition to middle school.  

Behaviour and Expectations

At Hexham Middle School, we pride ourselves on outstanding standards of behaviour throughout the school.  We aim to create an environment which consistently supports all pupils to behave in the best way that they can so that they can succeed at school.   

Full details of our Behaviour Policy can be found on our Policies page.  

The S & P System

During the school day, we use the S & P system to monitor, sanction and reward pupils’ behaviour.

Classcharts

We use this software to support the monitoring of our pupils’ behaviour. All positive and negative behaviour points are recorded by all staff and both parents and pupils are able to access the system through their own unique accounts.

We operate a very successful reward system which recognises good effort and attitude, and encourages all pupils to do their best. Pupils can accrue ‘spendable’ positive points which they can use to purchase rewards from our bespoke HMS Rewards Store! Prizes include; key rings, footballs, movie afternoons and even afternoon tea!

The House System

At HMS we have four houses, each named after a river in Northumberland:

  • Tweed
  • Coquet
  • Aln
  • Wansbeck

Every HMS pupil will be assigned a house when they arrive at the school in Year 5 and they will remain in that house until they leave in Year 8. Any P points gained by pupils throughout the year also count as House Points and contribute towards house totals. House prizes are issued regularly to the house with the most points and there are also regular house events such as sports days.