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 (ISI Report 2012) 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 directly involved as tutors. The Heads of Year team co-ordinates pastoral care and regular meetings are held of this and other groups to monitor and develop good practice. Parent Seminars or Information Evenings are held occasionally.
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 twice daily at morning and afternoon registration. Each pupil is a member of one of three Houses (Castlemaine, Essex and Raleigh) and there are regular House and inter-House activities and competitions. A pupil transferring from the Preparatory School into the Senior School will remain in the same House, as will siblings. House competition is principally of a sporting nature; however Chess, Music, Drama and Debating currently flourish. House meetings are held fortnightly. All members of teaching staff are assigned to a House, and offer support to the Head of House with House activities.
The first line of communication for parents is to the form teacher/tutor or Head of Year. Please contact the School office to leave a message for them (voicemail) or request an appointment. The relevant member of staff will endeavour to return your call the same day (other commitments permitting).
Whole School Chaplain
Victoria Ikwuemesi is our part time Religious Studies teacher at the Senior School and she is also our whole School Chaplain. The fundamental role of a School Chaplain is to offer pastoral and spiritual support wherever appropriate, to pupils and staff. The Chaplain can be a valuable independent listening ear, helping staff and pupils. This confidential support helps everyone, of all faiths and beliefs, to share concerns or personal issues that they may not be willing to express to others.
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