At Colston’s we are very keen to ensure the safety and well-being of each pupil in the school and so all children have either a form teacher or form tutor who has primary responsibility for all day-to-day issues involving care and well-being.
To ensure this, all children from reception age to Year 13 are assigned to a House which they remain in throughout school. Several members of staff are attached to each house with one being Head of House.
The House structure is at the very centre of the School's pastoral care provision. There are four Houses and all are co-educational. Above all else, the House is home. All pupils in Year 7 through to Year 13 are registered by House, in tutor groups and they will remain in their house throughout their time in Upper school, learning from each other and taking on different roles as they move up the year groups.
Each House is distinguished by the ties the pupils wear and every House has a Head of House – a fully qualified 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 university and beyond, each House tutor will share responsibility for their tutees’ welfare and academic progress. The objective is for the Head of House and tutor to work together with parents to provide coherent guidance and support to the pupil.
We are very proud of our pupils’ willingness to take on responsibilities and initiatives and the houses provide them with numerous opportunities. The Houses are welcoming social environments and House loyalties are strong, with each individual is known for who they are. Every house has a varied social calendar that includes dinners, plays, concerts, sporting fixtures, parent forums and outings.
Our pupils’ pastoral needs are incredibly important to us and so we make sure we do everything possible to ensure their well-being. This includes having a school counsellor, accredited by the British Psychological Society, who meets pupils on a weekly basis.