Pastoral care

Great care is taken to create and maintain a happy atmosphere in the school and many parents comment on the mutual respect and friendly relationships which exist between staff and pupils. Pupils learn the skills of living harmoniously — give and take, cooperation, getting along with people, fair play and honesty.

Assembly is an essential and enjoyable part of our day. We welcome children of all religious denominations and the major Christian festivals of Christmas, Easter and Harvest are celebrated. Primarily, however, assembly is a time to reflect on human and spiritual values and to share successes and celebrations.

A close and effective relationship between home and school is vital. There are plenty of formal and informal occasions for parents and staff to exchange views on academic and social development. It is customary for the parents of pre-prep children to drop their children off in the classroom and then to take the opportunity to talk to the members of staff, look at books and the work on display. There are regular evenings held for parents to discuss their children's progress with teachers. The academic year begins with staff presenting to parents an outline of the topics covered in that class. Written reports are sent home twice a year.

All pupils study PHSE and citizenship which offers valuable opportunities to help prepare them for life ahead. It is a relaxed, informal subject that encourages the pupils to remain safe and healthy, to contribute positively towards all aspects of school life and the wider community and to enjoy and achieve both within and outside school.

When 2016 leaver Anna was asked what she would miss about her time at St Swithun's Junior School she said "The teachers, my friends and the Guinea Pigs".