Pastoral Structure


Our pastoral care structure encourages an integrated approach to the welfare of pupils which has, at its heart, the importance of a close relationship between the home and the school. The Pastoral Care Structure aims to provide a safe and secure environment for all, equip pupils to make informed decisions about issues which affect their lives and provide opportunities for pupils to develop self awareness, self discipline and self esteem. The Belfast Boys' Model School pastoral care structure provides pupils with access to appropriate support and advice.


All staff have a responsibility, within the pastoral care structure of the school, for developing pupils' self esteem, self motivation and positive attitude within a supportive, non-threatening environment. Each year group has Form Teachers, a Head of Year and Counsellor. Together they take responsibility for looking after all the needs of the child.

Form Teachers are responsible for registration and monitoring of attendance within Form Class. They develop strong positive relationships based on mutual respect and care. Form teachers, as far as possible, remain with the same class through Year 8-14. This helps develop knowledge and understanding of each individual pupil and their families.  Form teachers work with pupils on their Personal Action Plans, setting, monitoring and reviewing academic and personal targets.  Boys meet with their Form Teacher each day during Registration (9.00 - 9.15am).  

Year Heads monitor the attendance and behaviour of their year group. They are responsible for the personal, social and academic development of the pupils in their charge.

Year Counsellors are responsible for the provision of support, advice and guidance to meet the pastoral needs of the pupil community. The Counsellor liaises with other members of staff and outside agencies to support the pupil. Counsellors also work with people, families and the Education and Welfare Service to maintain high levels of pupil attendance.

The FSES Coordinator develops a programme of support which enhances the school's pastoral provision. They engage with external agencies and the wider community in support of pupils and their families.

The Personal Development Mentor develops a programme of support for identified pupils to enhance their abilities to problem solve, think critically, manage conflict and to develop self-esteem and self-discipline.

The Attendance Officer is responsible for the review of pupil attendance records and the provision of support to pupils and parents in maintaining good standards of attendance. The Attendance Officer also facilitates and supports parents to enable them to support their son’s learning and engagement with the school.

The Education & Welfare Officer (EWO) is responsible for intervention programmes for identified pupils who have low attendance records.

The School Council Co-ordinator manages a communal ethos and encourages pupils to communicate, consult and participate in decision making.

The Head of Learning for Life & Work (LFLW) develops a LFLW programme, with its contributory strands of Citizenship, Employability and Personal Development in place to promote personal and social development in keeping with the school ethos.

A rewards system ensures the achievements of individuals and groups of pupils, inside and outside of school, are given appropriate recognition.

The Designated Teachers ensure all staff are aware of the Safeguarding Policy and act within those guidelines. They take the necessary actions in respect of any reported incidents in accordance with the safeguarding protocols and policy.

Head Boy, deputies and senior prefects provide leadership support and guidance to the pupil body.

Teacher in Charge of Mentoring provides support and guidance through a comprehensive range of mentoring programmes including business mentors, teacher mentors, peer mentoring and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

A bespoke and enriching Pastoral Curriculum is delivered through a 45-minute pastoral period each week for each pupil. The programme addresses a wide variety of issues including physical, sexual and mental health, internet, road safety and much more.