Wellbeing and Pastoral Support
Helping pupils stay healthy and well in mind and body is our top priority.
Once at the Prep, each pupil is part of a form and a House, giving them plenty of opportunity to make friends across the school. There are frequent ‘whole Prep school’ events each term and we welcome parents to our Friday morning assemblies, where we celebrate all the achievements of the past week.
Excellent pastoral care is at the heart of our work and ensures that our children feel at ease and secure in their surroundings.
Central to our philosophy is our desire to:
- Create a happy, caring environment based on respect, tolerance, friendliness and the highest standards of work and behaviour
- Nurture self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline and a sense of personal responsibility and independence within our pupils
- Encourage our pupils to value one another, respect the views of others and to help them to build and maintain positive relationships
- Instil in our pupils a sense of self-worth and dignity
- Support our pupils to develop healthy lifestyles and take responsibility for their wellbeing
- Prepare pupils for the opportunities and responsibilities that will come with growing up
Our Assistant Head (Pastoral) oversees the running of this important area of school life and all staff at the Prep are involved in the pastoral care of pupils.
While wellbeing is never far from our minds, the whole school takes time out to focus on physical and mental health during this special annual week.
Pupils take part in activities designed to get them thinking about how they can take care of themselves in different ways.
Everyone reflects on the many different aspects of wellbeing, and is encouraged to connect with others, do something kind, discover something new, eat and sleep well, and look after the environment.
Sessions are hands-on and might include yoga, raft building, outdoor challenges, therapeutic art, line dancing, ukulele playing, team-building and mindfulness techniques.
Lunch is freshly prepared at the Prep and there’s always a vegetarian option, salad and fresh fruit available.
Prep pupils are active throughout the day and benefit from a good lunch.
Catering staff and teachers encourage children to choose a balanced meal, try new food and develop good table manners.