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Pastoral care

Caring for every child

Making your child feel valued, included and secure is central to our approach at GSAL.

Our primary school contains three phases: nursery and reception, Years 1–3 and Years 4–6. Each phase has an assistant head who oversees pupil welfare. This helps children feel safe and happy within their smaller, friendly community, yet they also benefit from being part of a larger school with access to state-of-the-art facilities.

We encourage pupils of all ages to work together.  This includes our sixth form students assisting in primary classrooms and supporting our younger learners. By learning from and inspiring each other, our pupils flourish. That’s the magic of a supportive 3–18 school.

The House system

From Year 1, each pupil belongs to one of four Houses, providing the opportunity to meet and collaborate with pupils in other year groups. During House activities, we help children learn to cooperate in a supportive and kind way. Our Year 6 pupils also develop invaluable leadership skills.

Healthy for life

At GSAL, we understand that a healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand. Our catering team provide a well-balanced choice of meals, with hot and cold options including a help-yourself salad bar (Year 4 onwards) and fresh fruit.

Our curriculum includes one afternoon of sport per week, as well as a distinct PE lesson for pupils in Year 3 and above. We also provide cycling proficiency training in Year 5 and outdoor skills in Year 6.


GSAL is a multi-faith school. Experience shows us that when pupils openly celebrate and discuss their different beliefs, they become more tolerant and understanding of others. This helps support the school’s aim of creating well-rounded thinkers and more engaged, considerate citizens.

We have a Faith Co-ordinator who works throughout the whole school, and we have excellent relationships with local faith leaders who regularly attend school events.

Medical support

The school has three fully qualified nurses who provide assistance to all our children. Their role ranges from attending to a child feeling unwell during the school day to helping support families concerned about their child’s eating or sleeping habits. There is a designated medical room in the primary school.

In addition, many of our staff are trained in basic first aid, with a number having additional qualifications.

If you would like to learn more about our approach to pastoral care, join us at one of our open doors events.




Or, if you prefer to chat to someone please call our admissions team. For Senior School call 0113 228 5121 and for Primary School call 0113 228 5113.