Pastoral Care is the overall care of the student which encompasses their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We aim to provide each student with an excellent education but believe that this will only be achieved in a secure, supportive environment in which they are valued.
The school has a Counsellor and a Lay Chaplain with whom all students are free to have a confidential meeting. In addition, students can contact our Independent Listeners if they wish to discuss their concerns with somebody outside of School.
In all of our dealings with the students we want them to develop happy and lasting friendships. We aim to develop responsible citizens; for students to know right from wrong and to develop responsible and mature behaviour.
In the Sixth Form, form tutors are a close-knit team who work together to offer in-depth support, advice and widen the perspectives of their tutees. They create a unique atmosphere that allows students from both year groups to feel as if they are part of one cohesive Sixth Form. This makes for an incredibly positive and co-operative atmosphere, reinforced by joint extra-curricular activities, such as the Sixth Form bonding trip.
Each Form Tutor nurtures each tutee, focusing on their academic and pastoral development. They adopt a holistic approach that sees the Tutor investing individual time into each student, ensuring that the student feels every aspect of their Sixth Form experience (and beyond) is being supported. Tutors and students build an excellent rapport with each other with students in no doubt that their problems and achievements are recognised.
Peer Mentoring Programme:
Lower Sixth, Year 10 and Year 7 students take part in a mentoring scheme. Making friends across the year groups creates mutual trust and respect as well as providing support and encouragement. Each Lower Sixth student becomes a mentor to a Year 10 student and one or two Year 7 pupils; the Year 10 student co-mentors the Year 7s. The aim of a mentor is to be a supportive friend and to offer encouragement particularly at the beginning of the GCSE programme for the Year 10 or for the Year 7s to take part in activities and in Inter-house events (which get very competitive!) The mentoring programme is overseen by the Pastoral Team and the Sixth Form Officer chosen to be Head Mentor.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE):
The wider enrichment programme has a key role in promoting students' personal and social development. The programme encompasses health education, social skills, study skills, careers and citizenship. Various members of the School and the local community contribute to the programme.
The School has two fully qualified nurses who are responsible for students' wellbeing. They ensure that any medical issues are dealt with promptly and are in regular contact with the School doctor who visits every Monday during term times.