The British College of Andorra is committed to building and maintaining an environment that proactively safeguards our students, promoting their personal growth, wellbeing, and care.
We establish a holistic, comprehensive approach to safeguarding, embracing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection.
As such, we:
- create an atmosphere within the school which helps students to feel safe and able to talk freely, knowing that they will be listened to and valued;
- ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried;
- raise the awareness of all staff about their responsibility for identifying and responding to possible concerns of abuse;
- provide support and guidance to all members of the school community;
- dedicate time in the curriculum to help students understand how to stay safe from abuse and to give them the confidence to seek help.
Pastoral Care & Support
BCA is a warm, friendly and caring school that welcomes children from all cultures, backgrounds and experiences. It is important to us that we maintain an ethos where each child is happy, and feels secure, valued and fulfilled, and that we create an environment where their individuality is recognised and respected.Our school prioritises the wellbeing of our students, placing their needs and happiness at the centre of everything we do, and everything we ask our students to do. Our teachers pride themselves on the individual attention and pastoral care that they provide to students and on the partnerships they develop with parents.
We work hard to build a professional yet caring rapport between the students and staff. In this way all students know that there are adults in the school they can trust. Every student has a teacher dedicated to overseeing their social, emotional and academic progress through the school (their class teacher in EYFS and Primary School, or their Form Tutor in Secondary School).
Safeguarding & Protection
BCA is committed to Child Safeguarding; a commitment that is underpinned by strong safeguarding systems and processes, and team of dedicated support staff, who together ensure that these systems are fit for purpose, and maintained and adhered to at all times.
These systems allow students to feel safe, to feel empowered to talk about their concerns, and to feel that their concerns will be heard. The systems are understood by everyone in our community and we all recognise our responsibility towards building an environment in which our students can grow into confident, caring and compassionate adults.
The wellbeing of our students is of paramount importance and is fundamental to the way we operate.
We start discussing careers with the students in Key Stage 3 where we will do some personality tests and skills tests to help students start to identify areas in which they are particularly interested as well as skills they may need to strengthen. We encourage all students to explore future careers in a safe way and do not want then to be too channeled in their thinking. Careers guidance is through our extensive PSHE programme and the main tool we use is Unifrog. Unifrog is an exceptionally useful online platform which all of our secondary students have access to. Here they can learn how to research different careers and university courses from universities around the world. The platform also guides students through the university application process and writing of personal statements etc. All students have a personal tutor and we have specialist knowledge of entrance to UK, US and Spanish universities as well as many others around the world. We understand our students could want to apply anywhere and we are committed to fully supporting them throughout the process.