Our February 2012 ISI Inspection report said: ‘ The quality of pastoral care is excellent. Pupils’ personal development, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Thanks to the excellent relationships and the warm, caring atmosphere, pupils thrive and develop faith in their abilities. Pupils are exceptionally well looked after and arrangements for safeguarding are exemplary’.
We aim to take a positive stance with pupils, helping them to deal with all kinds of issues that might arise as they grow up. This is an important part of their social education and can include friendship-building and study skills advice. Children are all actively encouraged to approach any member of staff with whom they feel comfortable if they have a problem. Obvious choices are the Form Teacher who has an overview of all children in the class; the House staff who see children in their House on a weekly basis; the boarding staff who might develop especially good working relationships with boarders; the Matrons; subject teachers or a senior member of the management team such as the Head of Juniors, Director of Studies, Deputy Head or the Head. If children need a little quiet advice during play times, they might also approach a Prefect. Year 8 children in the prefect role aim to support younger children where they can. For more sustained and individualised support, a child can have a designated Tutor. All senior boarders have a tutor as a matter of course. The tutor will meet with tutees on a weekly basis and liaise with staff and parents as necessary.
All forms have a PSHE lesson every week when issues such as bullying are explored and school assemblies focus on current issues at school. Special assemblies for the younger members of the Prep school take place regularly and a specially structured PSHE programme addresses social issues. We emphasise the importance of good manners and a respect for others.
In Years 3, 4 and 5, Form teachers greet the children first thing in the morning and the Head of Juniors is always on hand to answer any queries. In Year 3 there is a teaching assistant to support the teachers and she is on hand to help, be it undoing buttons or hearing children read. By Year 4 and 5 the children are becoming more independent and the form teachers continue to oversee the members of their form, supporting them and making sure that they build a good rapport with each pupil in their care and are available as a first port of call if any problems arise.
The reward and punishment system works throughout the school and each pupil builds up a points total which counts towards their house. The children enjoy a special weekly tea -‘Good Copy Tea’- as a reward for gaining a target number of points. The school motto is highlighted when merit badges are awarded to children who have done something particularly praiseworthy during the week