We pride ourselves on the level of pastoral care we provide. Every girl belongs both to a house (day or boarding) and a form. She is in the joint care of her housemistress or housemaster and her form tutor, who are supported by heads of year. Generally, form tutors deal with problems of work and day-to-day routine, while the housemistress or housemaster has the long-term pastoral care of a girl over several years. Both form and house staff communicate with each other and share information that directly affects a girl’s progress.
All boarding house staff live on site and ensure that full and weekly boarders enjoy a community life to the full, with the right balance of study, relaxation and challenge. Day girls have their own school houses with dedicated staff and tutors to oversee the mix of school and home commitments.
Learning support staff provide learning support for girls who have problems associated with dyslexia, have specific learning difficulties or problems of organisation.
The school health centre is staffed 24 hours a day by qualified staff. Boarders are also registered with the school doctor who visits twice weekly and additionally when necessary.
The school's chaplain lives on site and is available for all aspects of care and support; girls are also encouraged to turn to any member of staff to whom they feel they can talk.
We ensure that girls work together to forge supportive relationships with other girls of all ages throughout the school. Together, the whole school community provides a pastoral support framework which is finely attuned to the needs of both boarding and day pupils.