Pastoral care is a high priority shared by staff throughout the school. They provide effective support and guidance in accordance with the school’s aim to nurture each individual and promote a sense of responsibility towards others.
Good pastoral care, like good parenting, is about knowing when to hold a child’s hand and when to let go. At Kingshott we are very conscious of the responsibility we have in raising children.
Children require structure, boundaries and parameters that give them the security and comfort to live their lives. Pastoral care is there to give clarity to what is expected, to guide children when they need help and to discipline when required.
All children are allocated a Form Teacher, who is responsible for delivering the PSHCE (Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship) scheme of work, as well as being the first port of call when dealing with any other matters. As children move up the school, not only do they turn to their Form Teacher in times of need, but all other members of staff are on hand to help. Children are encouraged to speak to those staff with whom they are most comfortable.
Our House system supports a vertical pastoral system. Children in Year 3 to 8 are allocated a House. This serves to generate a healthy competitiveness throughout the school, and also encourages the children to socialise across the age range. It is not uncommon to see a seven year old and a twelve year old working together towards the success of a House team.
Pastoral responsibilities do not start and end with the staff. Senior children take the lead in exercising responsibility for ‘looking after’ the younger children. Years 7 and 8 children in particular spend time during breaks playing with the Pre-Prep children as well as sitting with Year 3 children at lunchtimes. There are elected Pre-Prep Prefects who hold positions of responsibility, taking part in assemblies, prize giving ceremonies and other functions.
All these things create a supportive environment where we all feel part of the Kingshott family.
Throughout the school the pupils’ personal qualities are excellent. The warm and caring atmosphere in the school results in pupils who are well mannered and unfailingly polite.
Arrangements to ensure the pupils’ welfare, health and safety are excellent.