We firmly believe that happy students are successful students; to this end all our academic teachers also have specific pastoral responsibilities to make sure that every girl flourishes both socially and academically. Each form group has two dedicated tutors so that pastoral groups are kept small, typically 8 to 12 girls. Tutors encourage every girl to take advantage of all that the school offers. Equal value is placed on non-academic achievement; all success is celebrated and the girls thrive as each one discovers her unique talents.
Each section of the school, Middle, Upper and Sixth form, has a pastoral leader, a Section Head, who leads their tutor team. They are supported by the School Nurse and a part time Counsellor. Sixth form girls are also trained as peer counsellors.
Even before they join the School, new Year 7 girls come to School to meet their new form and form tutors. They are paired up with a buddy to meet up with during the holidays and who will look after them during those first few days. Special events are organised to build self confidence and build strong relationships between the girls themselves and their tutors including a three day residential trip to an activity centres in Shropshire in the Autumn Term. Every Year 7 girl takes part in the Dance Display and together they work hard to put on a spectacular show for their parents.
Partnership with parents
We aim to foster good relationships between all members of our community; staff, girls and parents work together to ensure that each girl makes the most of her talents in a happy environment. In addition to the formal parent/teacher consultation and information meetings, all parents are invited to attend the numerous plays, concerts, receptions, charity events and sporting fixtures which take place during the year.
A strong community
In our rich multi-cultural society we aim to develop a community of reflective individuals who are both tolerant and outward looking. Our assembly programme and the wide range of society activities, many organised by the girls themselves, give opportunities for girls to learn more about their own faith and that of others and also encourage reflection on the intangible, such as wonder at the beauty of the world and the emotional impact of music and art. There is a strong emphasis on community service and fundraising which develops awareness of the needs of others and encourages the compassion and commitment to make a difference. The personal, social and health education programmes across all phases of the school reinforce the importance we place on self respect and consideration towards others.
Mrs Alex Wilson