Pastoral

Please read about our detailed provision for personal, pastoral care in the documents above.

We care that your daughter is happy. Please read about our detailed provision for personal, pastoral care in the documents above. Most of time things will go perfectly. Girls will build good relations with each other and their teachers. They will see their form tutors regularly.Well-qualified School Nurses are available to deal with medical and personal problems for both pupils and staff. They are also very supportive of parents, staff and families at times of crisis. Occasionally, for a short period of time, we think a girl benefits from having a Staff Mentor who can give her individual help, for example with organisation or low self-esteem.The beauty of our whole school assemblies and House system is that the younger girls see what the older ones are doing, and they look up to them. Two sixth form House representatives visit the forms weekly, sometimes helping to prepare charity events or assemblies, sometimes just being friends. The Head Girl and her two deputies lead, inspire and keep an eye on the general well-being of the younger pupils. They also run the School Council, which meets termly to discuss issues put forward from each form. We have a Comments Box. Any girl can write a comment anonymously for the Deputy Head, Mrs Deborah Bicknell, to act on.

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Years 7-9

In Years 7-9 two form tutors share responsibility for each class, the registration periods and twice-weekly form times.

They deliver our structured Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Education (PSHCE) programme. The end of term report is a chance for an individual discussion between the Form tutor and his or her tutees. Together they set the girls' targets for improvement. They also have progress discussions with their tutees throughout the year. At the parents' evening they see the parents of their particular 12-14 tutees.

The Section Head for Years 7-9, Mrs Ann Massey, has the main responsibility for pastoral care, welfare and discipline. She liaises closely with Heads of Departments and subject teachers concerning the girls' academic and personal progress.

You should be in touch with her if you have any causes for concern.Deputy Section Heads support her in the care of the girls: Miss Angela White (Year 7) and Miss Lucy Mitchell (Years 8 & 9).

Years 10-11

In Years 10 & 11 there is a form tutor with a deputy, and the same staff normally remain with the form for the two-year GCSE period. They share the registration and tutor periods proportionately. The tutorial programme is mainly concerned with study skills and time management as there is a separate PSHCE programme taught by specialists during a dedicated weekly lesson on the timetable.

The Section Head for Years 10-11, Miss Samantha Payne, has the main responsibility for pastoral care, welfare and discipline. She liaises closely with Heads of Departments and subject teachers concerning the girls' academic and personal progress. You should be in touch with her if you have any causes for concern. The Deputy Section Head, Mrs Anna Jones, supports her in the care of the girls.

Years 12-13

In the Sixth Form we choose to mix Year 12 with Year 13 in each tutor group (max. size 16 pupils) so that the Year 12 learn from the Year 13 girls' experiences of AS examinations and applying to universities. It works. Girls stay with the same tutor for the two year period, so tutors know their strengths well and are the first port of call in any difficulty. Tutors spend time providing academic and pastoral support, in particular help with study skills and time management, as well as with university and career choices and with university applications. Having built such a foundation, it is natural that tutors help with Personal Statements and draft university references.