At the British International School of Stockholm, providing a safe and secure environment which helps instil confidence and promote happiness in our pupils, is a key priority. Successful learning takes place when a child is emotionally settled and enjoys attending school.
The pupil’s class teacher is immediately responsible for their pastoral care and ensures all new children have a ‘buddy’ to help them settle quickly. They are the first point of contact for both pupils and their parents, should pastoral issues arise.
Part of the Team Leader’s role is to oversee pastoral care within their team and to reinforce cooperation and support through assemblies. The Principal and Deputy Principal are also always available to discuss any areas of concern that may arise
The school has a nurse (pediatric nurse) on site and provides access to a school doctor (pediatrician). She provides students with medical screening and vaccination and is available to students and parents for medical advice. The School Doctor comes to school 4-5 times per term. Appointments for the School Doctor are booked by the School Nurse.
The School Nurse regularly checks children’s growth, vision and hearing. Each child is given the opportunity to get focused advice and encouragement regarding a healthy lifestyle and, if necessary, the nurse provides school health conversations with parents regarding student health.
Health dialogues are conducted with all new students during their first year in school and with all pupils in Years 1, 3 and 6. A check for abnormalities regarding curvature of the spine is done in Years 5 (girls), 6 and 7. Any child with a medical problem is monitored throughout the year.
A review of all student immunisation is completed at their first health visit and vaccination is offered under the Swedish vaccination program.
The School Nurse visits classes when a topic is health-related, for example, diet, sleep, movement, hygiene, etc. and for students from Year 6 onwards, she provides information regarding puberty.
The School Nurse also works closely with the Individual Needs Leader for the early detection, support and planning for students with special needs.