Wellbeing and Pastoral Care in the Prep School

At Ipswich High School, we are deeply proud of the welcome and caring atmosphere created by our pupils and staff. Our ‘small school’ feel ensures that each pupil is known, valued and cared for as an individual.

“Pastoral Care is just as important as our academic and enrichment provision,and sits alongside them to ensure that each pupil receives a broad, balanced education in a supportive and positive environment.” – Ms Extance, Head of Senior School

There is an incredibly experienced Pastoral Team here at Ipswich High School. They work closely with parents to ensure all pupils are fully supported throughout their time with us. The team includes: the Head, Deputy Head, Head of Senior School, Head of Sixth Form and Head of Prep School, as well as the Heads of Year, Form Tutors, and the School Nurse.

Our School Nurse is in attendance every day, during school hours, to provide support in the medical rooms and to contribute to the pastoral care of all our pupils. For our boarders, there are the live-in House Parents and Matron who are available 24 hours a day.

Considerable thought is put into integrating new pupils into our school community. Therefore, each newcomer will attend several Taster or Induction Days in the lead up to their first term to allow them to become familiar with the school campus, meet their teachers and for friendships to flourish.

We also have the support of a counsellor, when needed, for pupils who are facing challenges that require more in-depth guidance.

Prep School

Prep School pupils are given opportunities to develop as resilient, independent learners, as well as happy and healthy children. To enable and encourage children to grow, our Prep School staff are well-informed and are always mindful of individual abilities and characters.

“Lessons, enrichment and play times are all considered opportunities to help develop a mindful toolkit that will give your child the skills to approach their learning and life’s adventures positively and with confidence.” Mrs Finch, Head of Prep School

Our carefully coordinated pastoral curriculum supports pupils in becoming attentive, open-minded, inquisitive, respectful, polite and driven, and includes exploring British values, relationships, health and wellbeing and looking out to the wider world.

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms Kaye Extance, Head of Senior School

Woolverstone Hall Nursery and Prep School Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Lisa Finch, Head of Prep School