About 85% of our pupils are boarders which means that our community bustles with life and activities in the evenings and at weekends as well as during the working day.
Our day pupils are just as much full members of the School as the boarders, living and working alongside them in one of our thirteen Houses, which are run by caring and experienced Housemasters and Housemistresses (known as HMs) supported by an Assistant HM, Resident Tutor and a Matron. The comprehensive pastoral care and support network we have in place help us to support our pupils during their teenage years at school.
The Deputy Head Pastoral is responsible for the School’s highly-regarded pastoral care system. Tutors have around 6-10 pupils in their care, and are responsible for both their academic and pastoral life of the pupil. We have three school Counsellors, our Chaplain and clerical team, and Sixth Formers are trained as Peer Listeners. Finally, the Heads of House supported by their Prefects, meet regularly with the Deputy Head Pastoral to raise any areas of concern.
The Pastoral Group — the Deputy Head Pastoral, Senior Nurse, Counsellors and Chaplain meet bi-weekly. One of the school GPs, who visit the school every weekday, may also attend these meetings.
Peer Listeners are members of the School community who receive specialist training, and are able to listen to their fellow pupils’ problems rather than to advise or instruct. If the issues discussed are serious enough to warrant advice or direction, pupils may speak to the school counsellors.
The role of Peer Listeners is to provide pupils with a more informal and less conspicuous method of aiding them with their problems. In many cases it is much easier for a pupil to confide in a fellow pupil and respond appropriately. There is at least one Peer Listener in every House.