The safety and happiness of our students is of utmost importance to us. Students have regular updates on safeguarding on different topics and parents are informed though our website.
At CSGS we value your character development and strive to support you in developing a range of character traits to support your academic success. We focus on developing the character traits of commitment, compassion, courage, creativity, resilience, responsibility, gratitude and intellectual curiosity. There are explicit form time activities to explore and develop our understanding of these traits and consider how we can apply and develop them in ourselves.
The practice of mindfulness with students in Year 7 has been very successful in the last few year, starting them on a positive journey to support their well-being. We also offer mindfulness practice to other students in small groups and to our staff too.
Our student Mental Health Ambassadors are fully trained and have initial conversations with students about concerns they may be have. In addition, they have organised events to celebrate the support of mental health issues. We regularly post support links to websites and information on the school website for parents and students.
As a school we aim to cater for the education of all our students with learning difficulties, whatever their nature. Students have access to a Learning Support base where the Student Welfare Office and School Counsellor are based in a friendly and supportive environment. Staff meet students with particular needs as part of the transition process and work closely with them to ensure a smooth start to secondary school life.
The school has trained Mental Health First Aiders – as well as student Mental Health Ambassadors – that promote the importance of students talking about their concerns, anxieties and worries and work to ensure that these worries are heard.
Our Y12/Y13 Mental Health Ambassadors wear bright green lanyards to be easily recognised by other students. They are fully trained and have initial conversations with students about concerns they may have, or can be the first point of contact for students to access members of staff.
Students can also access help and support quickly and easily using the form here.
In addition, they organise events to celebrate the support of mental health issues.
In today's technological social media age, children now have access to each other more than ever via social media and their mobile phones and devices. As a school we strongly encourage clear boundaries on using phones and the Internet. Parents and Guardians should not allow their children to play age inappropriate video games or to attend age inappropriate events.
Parents and guardians, as bill payers, have a responsibility for how mobile phones are used and can install controls on phones enabling them to filter which games, apps and websites their child can use, as well as monitor their usage. Be open and transparent with your child and discuss how they use their phone to help them understand what is appropriate and what is expected of them.
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Please find some useful links related to online safety below.
Online Safety Advice Posters:
App Information Links
Links to Internet Matter's information videos:
CSGS is an institution that takes great care in ensuring that students are heard throughout the school in order to continually improve the quality of life for pupils. During Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, students elect a class “council”: two Form Captains, two Vice Form Captains, two Sports Captains and two Vice Sports Captains. These students help to organise events for their forms as well as teams to represent them; the role of the Form Captains is to act as a conduit to enable the students’ voices and opinions to be heard. Every term, the Form Captains are given questions to ask their forms and they take note of the answers. These are then brought to Pupil Voice meetings where they report and feedback to staff on the Senior Leadership Team. This allows them to have a say in how the school is organised and run whilst also giving the teachers and staff at the school a better understanding of the day-to-day routine from the perspectives of the students. These Pupil Voice panels are centred around a variety of topics that include: equality, diversity and inclusivity; discriminatory behaviour and how the school can better combat this; general quality of life in the school; and many more.
As we move into Key Stage 5, whilst Pupil Voice panels continue through two elected students in each form, at the end of Year 12, the students begin to show a little more leadership in how the school is run. Students can run for a variety of roles within the School Officer Team, which works in tandem with the staff on the Senior Leadership Team, to promote further understanding of the student body. The students in these roles represent the entire school and so, in this way, they speak for the student body and ensure that their wants and needs are expressed to the school.
Beyond the more official routes to raise their voices, students are also encouraged to go to extra-curricular clubs that surround various topics such as LGBTQ+ inclusivity, gender equality and racial diversity. Through these groups, students are able to voice their thoughts about how these situations could be improved around the school as well as being encouraged to discuss these topics in a broader, societal capacity. Students are also able to express and explore their opinions through clubs such as debate club, where pupils converse and argue about important topics that, not only impact their experience of school life, but also impact them as they move into the bigger and more adult world.
Finally, the most important way that the students can raise their voice is through our general staff body. The members of staff at the school are all keen and eager to hear what the students have to say within the school and are always available if students need someone to talk to about problems they are going through. We have trained Mental Health First Aiders – as well as Mental Health Ambassadors – that promote the importance of students talking about their concerns, anxieties and worries and work to ensure that these worries are heard.
It is through all of this that students are able to raise their voices and be heard throughout their time at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. It is our desire that both staff and students work together as a community to improve school life and make the experience of being a Chis & Sid student something that is safe, secure and positive.