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All our staff have a pastoral role to play in nurturing your child.
In the Nursery, your child is allocated an individual member of staff who takes responsibility for ensuring that the educational journey starts in the best possible way.
In the Junior Years our class teachers provide expert and instinctive support to ensure that your child is allowed to develop within an environment that is aspirational, empathetic and fun.
We understand the vital importance of the partnership with home and we strive to involve you in this central aspect of your children’s education.
In the Senior Years, pastoral care is arranged through our House System. A Principal Teacher of Guidance and an Assistant Principal Teacher of Guidance in each of the four school houses have pastoral responsibility for their House-based groups through Forms 1 to 6. They are supported in this role by our Group Tutors who meet with your child daily during the registration period. Our Guidance staff undertake to get to know your son or daughter particularly well and will also build a close partnership with you as parents.
Personal Social and Health Education
At all stages, Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) is delivered by the individuals with particular pastoral responsibility for your child. We take this responsibility extremely seriously and have a dynamic and wide ranging whole-school programme to ensure the appropriate messages are conveyed at the right time and in the best way.
We understand the vital importance of the partnership with home and we strive to involve you in this central aspect of your children’s education. We have a well-developed programme of Parent Engagement events and a Parent Guide to Supporting Emotional Wellbeing is available in the Parents area of the website. Topics are reviewed regularly, but have included Coping with an anxious child, Understanding mental health difficulties (e.g. depression and self-harm), Understanding your child’s online behaviour, and Understanding eating disorders.
We regularly review the challenges our young people are facing and adjust our parental engagement programme as required. Parents are always welcome to discuss these issues with us and we welcome the opportunity to meet with you and plan the most effective support for your child.