Supportive and Inclusive
Student support is at the centre of our culture.
From the moment your child becomes a part of our community they will be celebrated as individuals. Kindness is at the heart of everything we do. In Year 7 every student is assigned to a tutor group with a tutor who will stay with them through their journey at Millais. Each year group is supported further by a Director of Year, Assistant Director of Year and Student Support Leader who oversee the academic and personal progress of your child in partnership with their Tutor, subject teachers and most importantly, you.
Being a teenager in the 21st century can come with its challenges. We aim to develop kindness, respect and resilience to equip our students with the necessary skills to navigate their way over, under and around some of the barriers that may present themselves. We want your child to thrive, not survive, at school and through our set of simple rules, CAS Curriculum, Personal Development Lessons and opportunities for leadership and participation in a wide range of enrichment activities, we strive to achieve this.
Health and Well-Being
At Millais students are encouraged to recognise the importance of both good physical and mental health to their overall well-being, happiness and sense of personal fulfilment. We offer a range of healthy meals and snacks in our canteen to keep students well-fueled through the day. Our Medical Welfare Office is here to support the medical needs of our community and all staff complete Mental Health Awareness workshops as part of their ongoing training. Our key Pastoral Teams are all Mental Health First Aiders and can help to signpost additional support or give advice on self-help as appropriate. Down time is important during a busy school day and our large campus is full of green spaces and woody glades where children can feel connected with nature during their free time. Alternatively, they can each lunch with friends on the ‘Plaza’ or kick a ball about on the Astro Turf.
Partnership with Parents
Working closely with parents is key to ensuring children reach their potential and we want to feel part of a team, alongside you, with your child at the centre . We would love to see you in school to celebrate your child’s success, learn about their progress, talk through any problems and come together to identify the next steps. We run lots of additional workshops and events for parents throughout the year including how to support with Maths, general revision, social media and safeguarding. A full list of our Parent Events can be found on the school calendar here.
At times we all need a bit of extra support to enable us to be the best version of ourselves. In school we are proud of the Learning Support we provide through our SEND Team and the Social and Emotional support offered by our Learning Mentors and MAP (Millais Alternative Provision) Team. Additionally we work closely with Realizing Your Potential and MADE Training to support the broader needs of all students in building resilience and achieving their aspirations. We have strong working relationships with other agencies (NHS, Police, Children’s Social Care) as well as local groups and agencies with whom we regularly collaborate to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.