“The quality of pastoral care is outstanding, drawing strongly on the teachers’ excellent knowledge of the pupils and the high degree of trust evident in strong relationships between pupils and staff and amongst the pupils themselves.”
Independent Schools Inspectorate 2011
The success of our school is rooted in our outstanding pastoral care. Small class sizes ensure a strong rapport between staff and pupils and each child is taught, cared for, and understood in a meaningful way.
Children thrive with clear boundaries, firm direction, and adults and peers who value the part that all individuals have to play in our community.
Pupils feel a sense of belonging at our school, which gives them the security and self-confidence to thrive personally and socially as well as academically.
We place great emphasis on nurturing the whole child, with pupils encouraged to explore who they are and the role they play in society. Far from producing an assembly line of children all fitting the same mould, we inspire individuals to blossom.
Our strong moral framework allows pupils to be themselves while also showing regard and compassion for others; they are encouraged to look out for one another and demonstrate kindness, compassion and loyalty.
We understand and embrace that each child is unique, possessing their own blend of abilities and needs. In order for them to become independent and self-reliant learners, it is vital that they have people they can trust to turn to for guidance.
Our pupils’ personal, social and emotional needs are supported throughout the school by their class form tutor. This remains an extremely important relationship, even as children progress through the school and begin to be taught by subject specialists.
As well as monitoring each child’s academic progress, the class form tutor deals with any personal issues and acts as the first point of contact for parents.
Although the class form tutor takes overall responsibility for a child’s well-being, all staff contribute to their pastoral care. Pastoral care does not exist in a vacuum. It is not an ‘additional extra.’ It is interwoven in everything our pupils do, contributing to their sense of self worth and to academic success.