For excellent learning to take place, there needs to be a happy, harmonious environment and we work hard to provide strong pastoral support to achieve this.
We take a holistic approach to our students’ development, helping them to achieve, not only academic success, but also encouraging self-confidence and respect for others to become valued members of society.
Our concern for student wellbeing begins with the transition process. The move from primary to secondary education is a big step and we take great care to ensure that it is a smooth and enjoyable experience.
The vertical tutoring system in our three houses – Rowley, Hardwicke and Washbrook – brings students of all ages together, which encourages them to support one another and fosters a sense of family.
With daily contact, form tutors get to know students well and are able to monitor their welfare needs, supported by the school's Learning Mentors.
To equip students with appropriate knowledge and understanding of the social and emotional issues affecting young people today, our curriculum includes a robust PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) programme that runs throughout all school years.
The basis of our overall approach is to promote good relationships between teachers, support staff, our students and parents. This is achieved through an ‘open door’ policy and effective, regular communication.