Wellbeing and Pastoral Care in the Senior School
In the Senior School, pastoral care sits alongside the academic and enrichment provision, in order to ensure that pupils receive a broad, balanced education in a supportive and caring environment.
There is a strong pastoral team who work closely with parents to ensure all pupils are fully supported. The Assistant Head (Wellbeing) is responsible for this important aspect of school life and works closely with the heads of year, director and deputy of Sixth Form, the tutors and the school nurse in all matters pastoral, as well as child-protection, safeguarding and e-safety.
The Senior School’s ‘Flourish’ programme encompasses the pastoral care provision and includes, amongst other things, the PSHE curriculum, wellbeing initiatives, form time and assemblies. ‘Flourish’ follows the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined areas of health, namely social health, mental health and physical health; each term we focus on a specific area. Useful information and links are available on the ‘Flourish’ pages on the School’s Firefly.
We recognise that, sometimes, pupils would rather talk to someone other than a teacher so we offer a counselling service in school. We also encourage the older pupils to take responsibility for younger pupils through the attachment of Sixth Form students to form groups and through dedicated Wellbeing Prefects. This year we will also be training a core of Year 12 students to take on the role of Peer Mentors who will learn to identify and deal with potential welfare issues.