Pastoral Care

W   e pride ourselves on the positive relationships established between staff, children and parents in the Nursery Class and the Pre-Preparatory School as a whole. Indeed, this area of Pre-Prep life was rated "excellent" in our 2013 ISI report.

The Class Teacher provides the primary care and the first point of contact for pupils and parents. Parents or carers have the opportunity at the beginning or end of each day to speak with the Class Teacher or Assistants in the playground, as well as at termly, more formal, Parents’ Evenings. If a private, or more in-depth discussion is required, an appointment can be booked with the teacher or the Headmistress via the School Office.

At the start of each academic year, the Pre-Preparatory School and Nursery children are involved in discussing class and School Rules, both in class and in assemblies.

The following general golden rules apply to all pupils:

  • We try our best at all times.
  • We speak kindly to others at all times
  • We aim to play fairly and include others in our conversations and games.
  • We put our hands up to speak in a group activity or in class.
  • We move around the School quietly, sensibly and carefully.
  • We take care of our classroom, the school grounds and the resources we have.

The School operates a positive behaviour reinforcement scheme. In the Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School, pupils are praised for good behaviour and effort both verbally and with the award of merit and star badges and certificates. Merits are awarded for good effort and kind deeds, stars are awarded for careful work and achievement.

We operate a house rewards system in the Pre-Preparatory School. Children are grouped into Houses - either Tigers (Red), Zebras (Blue), Hippos (Green) or Giraffes (Yellow). Children remain in the same coloured House throughout their School life, although the House names change for older pupils. 

On the rare occasions when children break the School Rules or repeatedly behave in a disruptive way, staff are skilled in offering a verbal warning and redirecting children to another task or area and more suitable behaviour. Staff discuss any repeated poor behaviour with parents and agree a management programme when this is felt to be absolutely necessary.