Finding a sense of place and belonging
Pastoral care is multifaceted to ensure every child is happy and well-cared for:
- Teachers. Every teacher gets to know the Prep pupils as individuals, either as their form tutor or class teacher or from supervising assemblies, activities, sports, playtimes and school trips
- Tutors. Year groups are divided into classes, each with a form tutor who understands each child, looks after their welfare and academic progress and is the first point of contact between parents and the school
- Houses. Pupils love being part of a House. It fosters a sense of belonging and children are spurred on to earn ‘pluses’ for their House. Team loyalty is cemented through participation in Inter-House competitions in music, sport, art, and drama
- Peer friendship and respect. Strolling through the campus as a visitor or parent, you will see how the older pupils are considerate and helpful towards the young ones. And the younger pupils respect and aspire to be the confident young people they encounter daily.
During the first week of the academic year, all of the girls and boys attend the whole school overnight camp to get to know one another and build trust and relationships with each other and with staff.
Throughout the academic year, each year group takes part in two team building sessions. One of the most popular activities is the ‘on the water’ raft day at our neighbouring Ardingly Reservoir.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) is built into the curriculum via separate lessons led by form tutors and specialists in the field, including nurses from our own Medical Centre. During these classes, we reflect, discuss and consider how we behave, think and feel in our everyday dealings.