Pastoral care

‘The excellent personal development of pupils is supported by outstanding pastoral care.’
Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2011 report

Outstanding pastoral care is what makes our school and its pupils so successful because when a boy feels valued, respected and happy in school, he will inevitably be more likely to succeed inside and outside the classroom. Our commitment to a high standard of pastoral care is supported by our school ethos that places importance on each boy being treated in a way that makes him feel secure and an important member of the whole school body, which in turn allows his learning to flourish and an independence of thought to be fostered within him.

There are number of ways in which we achieve this, the first being our small classes. These allow teachers the time and energy to get to know the boys and build strong relationships with them and in doing so, the boys feel confident in approaching members of staff with any issues they may be having.

We have an open door policy for our parents and we welcome those who want to come in and speak directly to a member of staff or Head of Department about issues at home or school. Thorpe House also holds weekly ‘boys’ meetings so staff can raise any pupil concerns they may have and discuss ways in which an individual boy can be supported.

Thorpe House has a strong Learning Support Department led by Mrs MacMillan who oversees specific educational needs throughout the three school departments. The SEN team provides 1-2-1 support in literacy and numeracy and support for small groups in the classroom context. Form tutors communicate regularly with parents and the Learning Support Department to ensure that pupils who require additional help are receiving the appropriate level of support.

Every week timetabled PSHE (personal, social and health education) lessons for Prep and Senior pupils, deal with issues the boys are likely to encounter as adolescents whilst also preparing them for life as valuable members of a community. Strong teacher-pupil relationships mean the boys feel secure in approaching staff to discuss issues that may be worrying or upsetting them.

The boys are also responsible for a certain amount of the pastoral care in their roles as House Captains, Prefects, School Councillors, Form Captains and Mentors. The boys selected for these roles are done so based on their maturity, approachability and leadership skills and they play an important part in making all boys feel part of the Thorpe family.


‘I really enjoy working with the younger boys because I remember being in Year 2 and we always looked up to the older ones!’

Year 6 Reading Buddy


‘One of the best bits about being a House Captain is that you feel proud because you have been chosen by your friends to help lead your House and you feel even more proud when your house wins something like sports day!

Year 6 House Captain


‘I love being a School Council Rep because you get to come up with ideas to make our school even better and it’s lots of fun too!’

Year 6 School Councillor

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