The happiness and wellbeing of every child is at the core of everything we do. We believe that all teachers are pastoral teachers. In order to educate the whole child, we need to be the whole teacher.
The Form Tutor: The First Point of Contact
In the Senior School, we believe in the special relationship for all pupils with their Form Tutor. We align the role of the Form Tutor with that of the Prep School teacher in various ways, to nurture the special, close relationship formed with their class teachers in their prep years. It is our intention to ensure that the Form Tutor is the first point of contact for all of their pupils. With a longer tutorial period each afternoon, we can take the time to nurture relationships and gain the deep knowledge of our pupils necessary for an effective pastoral system.
This detailed understanding of pupils is further developed through regular verbal communication with parents and weekly tutor group updates.
Senior Teachers: Supporting the Form Tutor
Our three senior teachers have a vast range of experience and knowledge in all areas of pastoral situations and processes. Our excellent Designated Safeguarding Lead teacher supports all of our pupils in terms of wellbeing and trains staff on all aspects of safeguarding. A senior teacher is also assigned the role of providing expert support to Form Tutors for Years 7 and 8 and for Years 9 to 11. Mindfulness practices and techniques, which ensure proactive strategies against stress and anxiety, are a particular area of expertise of the senior teacher assigned to Years 9 to 11.