Pastoral Care & Wellbeing

Pastoral Care & Wellbeing

Pastoral Care

A great benefit of being a small school is that each pupil is known and valued within a caring, stimulating and disciplined environment.

The happy, family friendly nature of our school community is underpinned by excellent pastoral care. Pupils, parents and staff have strong relationships of mutual understanding and a commitment to the traditional values of honesty, respect and integrity. All aspects of personal development are fostered, and pastoral care and support which is consistently acknowledged to be outstanding contributes greatly to personal development and achievement of potential.

The School considers the welfare and safety of its students to be of primary importance, at all times and in all areas of school life. For this reason, all teaching staff are directly involved in the pastoral care programme. Furthermore, most full-time members of staff, and many part-time members of staff are form tutors. The staff team co-ordinates pastoral care and regular meetings are held to monitor and develop good practice. Parent Seminars or Information Evenings are held annually.


The Tutor System

Each pupil in the Preparatory School is assigned a form teacher and this member of staff is responsible for monitoring the pupils’ progress and welfare throughout the year. It is hoped that pupils and their form teachers will develop a relationship with each other so that successes can be celebrated together and problems or concerns that arise can be resolved. Form teacher comments on reports will reflect a close understanding of how a pupil is faring.

Form groups meet every morning for registration (in the afternoon pupils are registered by the teacher who teaches them after lunch,) in addition to having most lessons in form groups. Each pupil is a member of one of four Houses (Arundel, Bodiam, Carrisbrooke and Dover) and there are regular House and Inter-House activities and competitions.  House competitions are held throughout the year in Sport, Music, Drama, Quiz and Debating. All members of teaching staff are assigned to a House, and offer support to the Head of House with House activities.

Prep ELSAs

An ELSA is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. 

We are fortunate that we have two ELSA's at the Prep School, Clare Alford and Lindsay Gardner. They can be contacted via their School email addresses.

The Prep School also offer Drawing and Talking support which is another form of mental health intervention for children who need extra attention.  The specialist staff with this training are Elaine McLellan and Linzi MacKinnon.


Pupil Voice

Pupil voice is such an important part of what we do at Ewell Castle School. It is the way in which the children’s thoughts and inspirations are heard and acted upon to improve our educational setting. The idea that the children are at the heart of their own learning journey is vital. Therefore, their views on how we, as a School, can improve and progress are of the utmost importance.


Online Safety

Please see the link below for information regarding online safety.

Online Safety