Pastoral Support Officer
Brief outline of the Chapter
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mandela
The Mandela chapter is a bustling environment of challenge and support where students, staff and parents work actively in partnership, to enable all to realize their full potential. We are keen to acknowledge hard work and enterprise and have started to forge links with the local community, as well as provide opportunities for outstanding learning.
In Mandela we look to provide all members of the chapter with a safe and respected learning space, which is paramount in obtaining a successful learning environment. We are very proud of our behaviour record, respect for diversity and support for each other.
- Every student ‘known and nurtured’
- For students to operate as independent learners and thinkers
- To inspire a love for learning
- For students to value themselves and others
- To respect diversity and other opinions
- To adopt a sense of belonging to the chapter family and the wider world
Our chapter charity is Chestnut Tree House, which is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and cares for children and young adults from 0-19 years of age, with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over the county. We have several fundraising events during the year to support their invaluable work.
What makes our Chapter distinctive?
“Success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” This is one of my favourite quotes and perfectly summarises my approach to education and the attitude that I aim for all Mandela students to embrace. Learning is about making mistakes, listening carefully to feedback and persisting to improve despite setbacks and challenges.
Mandela students report they feel a real sense of belonging and love being praised for their achievements both inside and outside of the classroom. So many of our students act as positive role models in terms of their conduct, maturity and approach to learning. In our vertical tutor groups older students befriend and help out the younger members of our chapter.
This I believe sets the tone for what as a chapter we are all about, working together as a team and taking pride in our chapter and the wider Academy. We also take inspiration from the great man after which our chapter takes its name.
Mr E Kington