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Care and Support

Through our pastoral care, we aim to:

  • create an environment in which every boy can be happy and achieve according to his abilities, and a safe, secure school in which he is valued and listened to
  • ensure a well but unobtrusively disciplined school, in which every member will respect and celebrate the efforts and abilities of others
  • provide a clear moral framework for all members of the school community, based on Christian principles but also on genuine respect for and understanding of people of all faiths and backgrounds
  • create a sense of partnership between teachers and parents through clear information and discussion in order to promote the best interests of each individual child
  • give every boy the ability to make informed and balanced decisions on important moral, social, cultural, political and environmental issues, and those related to their own and others’ health and well-being
  • encourage each boy to discover his own aspirations, and to develop his own ambitions and his personal targets in a sustained, determined manner
  • share information with other relevant agencies in the best interests of the child when there are concerns of a child welfare nature

This ethos of care and support shapes what happens in our classrooms and in our extra-curricular activities.

In our classrooms, we aspire to:

  • foster a vibrant learning community (for adults as well as pupils) in which every member is continually stimulated and challenged
  • not be over-bound by exam requirements, but to encourage learning and knowledge for their own sake
  • be open-minded and enthusiastic in our teaching, and encourage our pupils to question as they form and articulate their own ideas
  • build on the boys’ intellectual curiosity and stimulate an enjoyment of learning, analysis and scholarship
  • have high expectations of our pupils, and applaud their efforts and progress
  • foster good working habits and an understanding of the importance of application
  • encourage a sense of working together, for example through pair and group work

In our extra-curricular activities, our objectives are to:

  • provide a breadth of activity (in fields such as music, sport, drama, pottery, design, ICT and other after-school activities) and a breadth of choice, so that every boy can discover and develop their own intellectual, cultural and sporting passions
  • offer opportunities for leadership and responsibility in numerous fields, especially for our older pupils
  • build confidence and self-respect through trying new activities and exploring hidden and unknown talents
  • encourage every boy to shine in as many areas as possible