Senior School pupils receive pastoral support through two distinct structures. Firstly, pupils are allocated to a House upon joining the school and remain in that House as they move up through the year groups.
Each House is managed by a Housemaster - a senior member of staff who comes to know the pupils and their parents very well during their years of association with the House, and who lends compassion and a sense of continuity to a pupil's life. The day-to-day care of pupils falls to their Tutors, who monitor their academic progress, general welfare and co-curricular involvement. Tutors are the first point of parental contact for most enquiries or matters of concern.
If a problem arises, the tutor will involve the Housemaster in its resolution. Both are familiar figures in the school and provide a reassuring blend of experience and encouragement. Secondly, complementing the House structure is the ‘horizontal’ year structure. The Heads of Section, all of whom are members of the School's Senior Management Team, oversee the year groups. The Heads of Section are Cheryl Wood for the Fourth Form, Andrew Rowlandson for the Fifth Form and Craig Hooper for the Sixth Form. The Heads of Section are supported by deputies - Kate Watkinson, Charlotte Wyndham (L5) and James Mason (M5) and Alex Grant respectively.
Heads of Section provide an important layer in the pastoral care of pupils, bringing insight to issues affecting the whole year group or section. Typically, they will deal with serious pastoral and disciplinary issues. Heads of Section also play a key role in the induction process, ensuring that new pupils have a smooth introduction to the school.
The Housemasters and the Heads of Sections are managed by the Pastoral Deputy Head, Lara Pechard, who is accountable to the Head Master for the pastoral care, discipline and day-to-day running of the school.
The pastoral team also includes the Senior Master, John Fisher. We also have a Chaplain (Corin Child), a School Nurse (Georgina Valpied) and a School Counsellor (Tracy Sharp).