Effective pastoral care helps pupils feel at ease, grow in confidence and give of their best.
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 within our pupils self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline and a sense of personal responsibility and independence
- 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 well-being
- Prepare pupils for the opportunities and responsibilities that will come with growing up
Our full-time Head of Pastoral Care oversees the running of this important area of school life, however, all staff at the Prep are involved in the pastoral care of pupils.
While well-being is never far from our minds, the whole school takes time out to focus on physical and mental health during our annual Well-being Week. Pupils take part in a range of activities over the course of the week, designed to get them thinking about how they can take care of themselves in different ways.
Pupils and teachers reflect on the many different aspects of well-being, and are 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, performance poetry, outdoor challenges, therapeutic art, circus skills, aerobics, team-building or mindfulness.