Pastoral care is the foundation from which all students can excel in their learning. It is the specific and deliberate act of ensuring both the physical and emotional requirements of each student are met, essential in creating the safe, happy and student-centered ethos we believe to be so important in our school.
When children enter our Junior School, their Class Teacher is their key adult, seeking to find out all about who they are, what they are interested in, and what helps them to learn best. In our Senior School it is the student’s House Tutor who takes over this pastoral role, ever more essential as a child grows and develops.
The knowledge that these key individuals hold is at the heart of every student’s success – this knowledge enables them to support where support is required, or challenge where this is more appropriate. When mistakes are made, in learning or behaviour, these adults are there to facilitate reflection and discussion, ensuring the greatest of progress is made in all areas of learning and life.
Academic success is, of course, of prime importance but the happiness of a student comes first. Their ability to thrive is prized above all things, in an atmosphere of care and contentment.