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Pastoral Care

There are 875 day girls aged 11–18 in the Senior School. In such a big and busy school we still take time to care about each individual girl. We want girls to flourish and fulfil themselves in every way.

Looking after them is a pastoral team of Deputy Head (Pastoral), Heads of Section, Form Tutors, Deputy Form Tutors, Pastoral Prefects, two school nurses, a Counsellor and an Individual Needs Specialist. The provision of pastoral care is designed to help girls make decisions and to care about others within the framework of a very diverse community. We provide an outstanding range of opportunities for the girls' personal development and to help them consolidate a system of spiritual beliefs and a moral code. The welfare of the girls is of paramount importance to us and it is the responsibility of all members of staff, teaching and non-teaching, to safeguard and promote it.

In Year 7, pupils are carefully allocated to form groups, loosely based around where they live as far as numbers allow. This means that they are likely to have several girls in their form who live nearby, making socialising easier. These form groups are re-constituted in Year 10 to enable the girls to make new friends across the school’s wide catchment area. The Form Tutors and Form Prefects play a key role in the girls' welfare. Each form becomes a family unit consisting of the Tutor, a Deputy, a Pastoral Prefect and two elected Form Captains from within the form itself. Much emphasis is placed upon their responsibility for the ethos and happiness of the form. Strong peer support also comes from the girls in the year and from older girls, especially the Sixth Form. We have comprehensive pastoral, tutorial and guidance systems, which support the educational and personal development of the girls. The school behaviour code is displayed in all the form rooms alongside the anti-bullying policy. Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is taught through a programme which is reviewed annually to ensure that it provides the best possible support to the girls.

All girls are also placed in one of six Houses, named after former Headmistresses of the school.  Houses offer the girls opportunities to work within vertical groups across all year groups.  Their aim is to promote resilience and fun, team spirit and competitive edge, and to offer new opportunities for leadership with the House structure.

Although a large community, the school manages to successfully put the needs of the individual pupils at the forefront of its life and work. Inspection Report 2014

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