Health and Wellbeing
Pastoral care at Airthrie is centred around your child’s teacher who will look after the all-round academic, social and pastoral well-being of your child. With a high teacher-to-pupil ratio, our dedicated and caring staff are able to ensure that the classroom provides a nurturing, safe and happy learning environment whilst ensuring that your child’s individual needs are met.
The class teacher is the first point of contact for parents and we welcome parents to discuss any aspect of care or day-to-day issues with the class teacher as necessary, at all convenient times, ensuring that we are aware of any needs or concerns, no matter how small.
However, pastoral care is not limited to class teachers, as all teachers know our pupils and take a pastoral interest in their happiness and wellbeing. We believe each child is a valued and unique member of the community and that we are partners in your child’s care and development.
Our Pastoral Lead is Mr Matthew Medhurst, who conducts 1:1 sessions during the school day with pupils who require a little extra pastoral support. These sessions focus on any particular worries the children may have and provides them an opportunity to discuss their thoughts and feelings in a secure forum. These sessions are arranged by parental permission beforehand and in agreement with the pupil.
When children leave Dean Close Airthrie, one of the most frequent regrets is "What we will miss most of all is the food". We pride ourselves on our home-cooked, healthy meals which are produced by our own cooks in our kitchen using fresh and locally sourced ingredients and 'cooked from scratch' in most cases. In this way we are able to cater easily for a child who has a specific dietary requirement for whatever reason. We adhere to the Healthy Eating Policy and the Eatwell Guide produced by Public Health England.
School lunches are an additional fee per term which will be added to your invoice. Pupils are also able to bring their own packed lunch from home if they prefer.
Parents whose children have food allergies or intolerances and have any questions concerning ingredients, should speak to a member of the catering team. If you have wish to discuss any specific dietary requirement, please speak to any member of staff who will ensure that your needs are met.
We aim to provide a nut-free environment and therefore request that parents are mindful of this when sending snacks and packed lunches to School.
Sandwiches and fresh fruit are available each day as an alternative. We encourage children to drink water only during the school day.