The well-being and personal development of our pupils, together with teaching and learning, underpins our ethos and permeates throughout the school. Our pastoral system and supporting safeguarding measures are clearly defined and understood by staff and pupils allowing our children to feel nurtured and cared for. We understand that children develop confidence and flourish only when they feel safe and valued, and we continually seek to provide a secure and fair environment in which they can do this. Our pupils know that their problems will be listened to and that kindness, good manners and tolerance are highly valued and encouraged. Our sense of community is further developed and fostered through our House Buddy system, where the pupils are placed in vertical peer groups. This helps to support younger pupils and provides extra responsibility and an opportunity to act as role models for more senior children.
We believe that traditional good manners are essential ingredients to personal development and we foster a tolerance of others and expect our pupils to be polite, considerate citizens who demonstrate respectful and moral behaviour. We have cultivated a strong bond between staff and pupils, and recognise the important value of an open and supportive partnership between home and school. We are committed to providing a safe and caring environment that is free from disruption, violence and any form of harassment so that every one of our pupils can develop his or her full potential.
Children are encouraged to take on extra responsibilities with enthusiasm and pride, and work together across their year groups, through the School Council and within extra-curricular activities. Our Senior pupils enjoy the opportunity to take on extra responsibilities as Prefects, House Captains and Librarians. Our Prep classes elect form captains who represent them at the School Council and collectively these positions allow a substantial number of different children to seek additional responsibility. This in turn, encourages them to develop as more rounded individuals who are responsible members of the school community and wider society.
Learning about time management, making a positive commitment, learning to contribute and to understand the concepts of democracy helps them on the journey to becoming successful adults. We place an emphasis on healthy eating and work collaboratively with our creative caterers who source the finest local ingredients.
Every child knows that if he or she has a problem we will do all we can to solve it. Kindness, good manners and tolerance for others are highly valued and encouraged.