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Pastoral care

Caring for every child

Making your child feel valued, included and secure is a core principal to everything we do at GSAL. Our primary school is split into three phases – Early Years and Reception, Years 1-3 and Years 4-6. This enables your child to feel cosy and secure in their own community, with a real family feel, yet benefit from being part of a larger school with access to more facilities e.g. swimming pool, sports barn and the new forest school/outdoor learning area. Our youngest children also have their own dining room, library and music facilities.

We actively encourage pupils of all ages to work together, both across the primary and secondary phase – seeing our senior students help out at school sports days or with young, emerging readers is an absolute delight! All children learn so much from each other, grow together and grow to be kind and supportive of one another. That’s the magic of 3-18 on one site.

The House system

From Year 3 each pupil belongs to one of four Houses, which gives them the opportunity to meet and interact with pupils in other year groups. Everyone gets to ‘have a go’; regardless of their ability and experience, and Year 6 pupils learn how to lead and motivate other people, a valuable life lesson!

Medical support

The school has three fully-qualified nurses who provide assistance to all our children whether they are 3 or 18 years old. There is a designated medical room in the primary school and many of our staff are trained in basic first aid, with a number having additional qualifications.


GSAL is a resolutely multi-faith school, with some assemblies for the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu faiths. Our experience is that when pupils openly celebrate and discuss their different beliefs, they become more tolerant and understanding of others. There are common themes which run through all religions and encourage good citizenship which is one of GSAL’s educational aims. We have a Faith Co-ordinator who oversees faith throughout the whole school and we have excellent relationships with local faith leaders who regularly attend assemblies.

Healthy for Life

We all appreciate that a healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand and this is something we strive for in every part of school life. Our catering team provide a healthy choice of meals, with hot and cold options including a help yourself salad bar (Year 3 onwards) as well as fresh fruit and desserts. Our curriculum includes one afternoon of sport per week, as well as a single lesson of PE in addition to cycling proficiency training in Year 5 and outdoor skills in Year 6.

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