Pastoral Care is excellent across the Prep School and every child is known and understood. Happiness, security and confidence are paramount for each child to achieve, learn and succeed. Everything grows from these secure foundations.
We are creating the solid foundations of a Pastoral School by developing individual Learning Behaviours from Nursery upwards; promoting the language and behaviour associated with ‘Growth Mindsets’ and by introducing Mindfulness. This process forms the basis for a broad inspiring curriculum, tailored to individual needs.
The Pastoral Structure is a support network which looks after the children and the staff:
- Form Tutors – look after small classes and genuinely know their pupils. Communication between home and school is frequent and supportive. Form time each morning and extended Form Periods once a week enable a strong link between the pupils and the Form Tutor. A Pastoral Folder tracks the social progress, rewards, sanctions and achievements of each child.
- Houses – provide a second layer of pastoral support. Virtical integration from Reception to Year 6 means children across the age groups and the year groups mix and get to know each other. The youngest look up to the older children as role models and the older children look after the juniors. Each House has a Captain and Vice Captain who help to organise events and each class has a Form Captain and Vice Captain, all gradually taking on roles and responsibilities as they move through the school. Each House is led by the teachers.
- The Buddy System – provides immediate support for any new pupil joining the school and at playtime to ensure there is always a friend at hand. Year 5 pupils become playground buddies for Reception and KS1. Each day, on a rota, they will be on hand in Holly Hedge to help the young Preps and be a ‘listening-ear’. When new children join, the Form Tutor assigns 2 buddies from the class to look after them, guide them and help them to settle quickly.
- Prefects – in Year 6 are led by the Head Boy and Girl team. The Prefects have a variety of roles and responsibilities but the key pastoral task is to set good examples and be role models for the Prep School. Sometimes children find it easier to talk to them about worries or concerns: broad issues are raised by Prefects at School Council and ‘personal’ or individual issues are passed immediately to the Year 6 Form Tutors and thus into the pastoral network.