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A warm community: Pastoral care

Our school is lit up by the attributes that matter most here – thoughtfulness, open-heartedness, respect, courage and honesty. They guide everyone’s behaviour, as we strive to create a caring, supportive community of happy, healthy, kind and resilient young people.

That starts on the front line, with the form tutors our girls see and talk to every day. Under our unique co-tutor system, no form tutor is responsible for more than 12 pupils throughout the Senior School. They make sure every girl is thriving: supported, making good progress and feeling fully involved in school life.

Mistakes are learned from and successes are shared: each girl is encouraged to consider how they engage with feedback and to communicate their own strengths. There’s plenty of experience on hand from older pupils: buddies and peer mentors provide a friendly face and practical advice, and a fun programme of intra-house activities regularly mixes the year groups, creating a real sense of togetherness and community.

Our programme of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) prepares girls to go out into the world with confidence, inner strength and high self-esteem, ready to face challenges. There are also regular evening talks for parents, often reflecting the topics taught in class and as well as other issues on the minds of parents.

We have a full-time nurse and counselling provision – it’s completely normal for girls to sign up for sessions on any issue they like, completely free from any stigma. We understand how to educate girls, setting the feminist agenda and guiding well-rounded, well-grounded individuals to be the female leaders of the future.

Pupils are self-aware, reflective and show initiative.

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