Children need to feel happy and secure in order to thrive at school, which is why we give pastoral care a high priority.
King’s renowned pastoral care system has an inbuilt advantage – our small class sizes mean that class teachers can get to know their pupils as individuals. This insight allows teachers to detect any emotional difficulties at an early stage and take supportive action to resolve them – often in partnership with parents.
Class teachers take day-to-day responsibility for pastoral care, with the Deputy Head overseeing the whole care system. However, all staff work as a team and meet regularly to discuss any concerns they may have about individual pupils.
In addition, our Welfare Officer, together with our highly-trained Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, not only take care of first aid and illness but are also mindful of any underlying problems. We work hard to ensure that children know there are always adults they can turn to if something is worrying them.
A sound moral ethos underpins our school’s happy atmosphere. Good behaviour is expected and we emphasise traditional values of respect for others, good manners and humility. Our House system also plays an important part, fostering responsibility, community spirit and a sense of belonging.