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Strong Pastoral Focus

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.

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 Councilors, 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.

Strong Pastoral Focus