All our students have access to an extensive network of support. Social integration is important to our pastoral care and tutor groups are small, comprising 13-15 students in the Lower and Middle Schools and 8-10 in the Senior School. Tutor groups meet daily, which ensures form tutors know their tutees well and are able to support them; the tutor is also the first point of contact for parents. Moments of transition – joining in MIV, moving from the Lower School into the Middle School, progressing into the Senior School and into university – provide opportunities to build our students’ resilience and encourage them to embrace diversity and inclusion.
Our wellbeing team is versatile, so that all needs can be catered for. We have a child and adolescent therapist, a qualified clinical supervisor, a wellbeing coach, qualified in TRE® and restorative justice, and an art therapist. We also collaborate with the University of Roehampton and offer a placement to one of their advanced trainee therapists. Students can self-refer to the counsellors/coach without parental consent, giving them more autonomy. They can also turn to their form tutor, head of year, nurse, doctor or any teacher for support, as well as the peer supporters.
Conversations around development and wellbeing include the entire community; pastoral care does not stop at the school’s doors. We believe that communication with parents is vital. We run regular discussion evenings for parents, with prestigious speakers such as Dr Weston. We also host a pastoral forum every half-term to encourage discussions between parents and the school. We are excited to be launching a 6-week parent circle (successfully piloted in January), which will give parents the opportunity to work with our school coach to share their concerns and insights about parenting.