Outstanding Pastoral Care

The House structure is at the very centre of the School's pastoral care provision. There are four Houses all are co-educational. Above all else, the house is home. Pupils remain in the house throughout their time in the school, learning from each other and taking on different roles as they move up the year groups.

All pupils in Year 7 through to Year 13 forms are registered by House, in tutor groups. Houses are distinguished by the ties the pupils wear. Every House has a Head of House; this is a member of staff who is responsible for the welfare and academic progress of the pupils in his or her care.

The Head of House is supported by an Assistant Head of House and a team of tutors. While the Head of House provides continuity of care from before arrival through to GCSE and beyond, each house tutor will share responsibility for their tutees’ welfare and academic progress. The objective is for the HoH and tutor to work together with parents to provide coherent guidance and support to the pupil.

In the Sixth Form, the academic and pastoral well-being of all the pupils is overseen by the Head of Sixth Form, supported by the Assistant Head of Sixth Form.

The houses are welcoming social environments, House loyalties are strong, each individual is known for who they are, and there are numerous opportunities to take on responsibilities and try new initiatives. Every house has a varied social calendar that includes dinners, plays, concerts, sporting fixtures, parent forums and outings.

To further support the pastoral needs of the pupils within our care we have a school counsellor, accredited by the British Psychological Society who meets pupils on a weekly basis.