- The SPGS journey
- Beyond the classroom
- Partnerships and Community
- Support us
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. Building students’ resilience is at the forefront of our pastoral programme, which aims to ensure students are well-equipped to deal with moments of change and transition, from the move from the Lower School into the Middle School to the eventual progression into university.
Our wellbeing team is agile in order to cater for a range of needs. We have a child and adolescent therapist, a qualified clinical supervisor, a wellbeing coach, qualified in restorative justice and TRE® (tension, stress an trauma release exercises), 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, School Chaplain, 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 and so we run regular discussion evenings for parents, with prestigious external speakers. We also host a pastoral forum every half-term to encourage discussions between parents and the school. We have recently launched a weekly vlog for parents, which reflects on current trends in pastoral care across the whole school.