The College recognises that no students are capable of achieving full potential unless they are happy, fulfilled and valued. This appreciation is at the very heart of the work that goes on in the pastoral life of the school where all teaching staff and senior students play their part in creating an atmosphere and ethos where each individual in the community feels secure and comfortable.
From the Head down to our student peer mentors there is an awareness of the needs of young teenagers that is combined with a sensible and consistent guidance that engenders a sense of personal responsibility and good citizenship. The key figures in the pastoral work of the College are the Housemasters and Housemistresses and they are supported by an dedicated team of House Tutors and Matrons. Working closely with them is the Chaplain, the Pastoral Deputy Head and the Head.
Pastoral and Social Objectives
- To provide close pastoral care for each pupil, through professional staff and senior pupils that are seen to be and experienced as being easily approachable, friendly and fair.
- To provide a school environment, which is seen to be and experienced as being, caring and supportive of all individuals.
- To encourage and promote high standards of conduct, appearance, courtesy, good manners and consideration towards all by all pupils and staff at all times.
- To encourage self-discipline, self-awareness, and self-reliance.
- To encourage a sense of community through promoting humility, compassion, tolerance and sensitivity to the feelings of others, respect for others regardless of age, creed, colour or gender; the ability to work as part of a team.
- To provide pupils with the opportunities to take responsibility, experience leadership and render service, ensuring that each pupil is encouraged to feel valued and is able to grow in confidence.
- To encourage flair, originality and initiative, within a clear frame work of what is acceptable and what is not.
- To encourage parental support and co-operation through structures, which are accessible to parents and by keeping them well informed of the developments of individuals and the school as a whole.
- To present school rules and regulations that are readily understood, accepted and consistently applied, encouraging the highest expectations of all.
- To employ a system of simple sanctions for unacceptable behaviour that are appropriate, graded, issued with fairness and that are balanced by a system that commends and rewards good behaviour.