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Pastoral Care

Our exceptional pastoral care within a ‘family’ school 

We do not view outstanding pastoral care as an ‘add-on’ to our academic programme. Neither do we believe that a ‘hothouse’ atmosphere is desirable or healthy. Girls achieve best if they are happy and settled in their social and working relationships. Hence the ‘family’ ethos of our school.

The way in which we nurture and value individuals is intrinsic to our girls’ success. This level of care and personal attention stimulates each of our pupils to make rapid progress. Staff are easily accessible to pupils, providing for an environment in which pupils feel warmly supported and valued.

To ensure our social and emotional care is comprehensive and alert, we have a Deputy Head Mistress who has oversight of all pastoral matters. Along with our Heads of House, the Deputy Head Mistress invites parents to regular breakfasts, talks and lectures in order to work closely with our parent body. It is the school's belief that a pupil's well-being is a shared responsibility; between us we can encourage and celebrate real progress and achievement every day. We understand that it is not possible to separate academic achievement from physical and mental well-being.

We believe that our vibrant learning environment comes from complementing the three traditional academic ‘Rs’ (reading, writing and arithmetic) with the three ‘Rs’ of pastoral care: relationships, respect and responsibility. We help each pupil develop her own strengths — with encouragement rather than pressure. She is thus empowered with the self-discipline that can provide the bedrock for success and a caring and tolerant attitude towards others that is so essential for her life ahead.