Whilst academic achievement is very important no student will achieve their potential if they are not happy and motivated. Through interaction with form and house tutors and the PSHE curriculum all students will be encouraged to become self-aware, motivated, and empathic and supportive towards others in our community, developing the social skills to equip them for later life and to master the ability to manage feelings and also develop key skills that will improve the quality of their learning.
Students have different needs depending on their age and the stage they are at in their education; our pastoral system recognises this. For example, in making sure that your son’s transition from primary to secondary school is smooth as possible we invite every boy and their parents to a face to face meeting with a member of staff to explain the ethos of the College and the expectations for our students. This also provides an opportunity for parents and boys to raise any queries prior to starting in September. Support meetings are arranged to help both students and parents to prepare for GCSE examinations and for Sixth Form students we provide extensive support and guidance as they navigate the UCAS application process.
It is sadly the case that some young people will face challenges that are outside any of our powers to avoid including student illness, family illness, family splits, family bereavements and so on. The Form Tutors, Heads of Year, Student Mentors and the Senior Leadership Team will be available to ensure that your son feels supported in the difficult times. For students with additional needs our SEND team are able to offer high quality support and guidance.
To help us support our students we encourage parents to contact us and share situations that are a cause for concern for them at home, academic or otherwise, so together we can ensure that our joint actions will provide the best possible guidance.