Pastoral Care

"Excellent relationships between pupils and staff, and amongst pupils themselves, are central to the strong pastoral care." - ISI Inspection

House matrons are the single most important person to the boys on a day-to-day basis in the houses. They are very much the person to whom boys initially turn to in the event of problems, anxiety or even just a friendly chat. The house matrons also liaise closely with Health staff.

The Health Centre has a team of qualified nursing staff ensures that the boarding community has access to advice, care and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Health Centre provides overnight medical supervision when necessary and boys have swift and easy access to a range of care and broader health-related advice. All boarders register with the school doctor who holds regular surgeries. All boarding staff are First Aid trained.

Counselling is available following a referral from the school doctor, health centre nurses or at the direct request of parents. The nature of counselling services is complex and is best discussed on an individual basis.

"Every pupil is known as an individual." - ISI Inspection

The Chaplaincy plays an important part in the life of the boarding community and the Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain (who is also the Head of Middle School) are keen to get to know boarders, both individually and through informal group gatherings and meals.

A monthly boarding chapel takes place in addition to the regular weekly year group services. There are opportunities for boarders to participate in these services and the highlight of the year is the boarders’ carol service and Christmas meal, attended by all boarders and those involved with the boarding community throughout the year.

From September 2013 the Chaplaincy team and others will also be offering opportunities for informal discussions, meetings and simply times of reflection. These will all be voluntary but we very much hope that those from differing faiths and those unsure or with none will still feel comfortable coming along if they wish.

"Relationships between staff and boarders, and amongst boarders themselves, are warm and friendly." ISI Inspection