King’s reputation for excellent pastoral care is maintained throughout the Sixth Form. It begins by ensuring all students feel welcomed and a part of the King’s community.
To assist with this, we hold induction events such as the Challenge Day in which all our Lower Sixth (Y12) students join forces in friendly competition, and enjoy a range of activities ranging from zip wiring to problem solving.
We know that these vital years, in which students do so much to shape their futures, are potentially amongst the most stressful they will experience in life. Consequently, we ensure our pastoral care is comprehensive, vigilant and effective.
A central focus is always the Cathedral, which many of our students say provides a wonderful sense of calm and a welcoming place where they can clear the mind and gain perspective on any worries they may have.
Our pastoral care system is carefully structured and has been well proven over time. The Deputy Head of King’s holds ultimate responsibility for its performance with the Head of the Sixth Form overseeing its daily operation.
Students can receive support from the King’s Welfare Officer – who can advise on health and well-being issues – and also from our specially trained Well-being Mentor. The School GP is ready to assist when necessary too.
The most immediate support and encouragement is given by each student’s personal tutor, who interacts with them regularly one-to-one, knows them well as individuals, and who is skilled at identifying any concerns at an early stage.
At King’s we believe that students achieve their best work when their whole-person needs are met. Quality time away from the intensity of A Level study is vital, enabling them to refresh and recharge before resuming their work with renewed vigour and enthusiasm.
For example, there is plenty of opportunity for our Sixth Formers to participate in sports, with a variety of team games being played during school hours. Or they can simply keep fit using our well-equipped gym.
Involvement in the local community has always been a King’s strength and our Sixth Form students really enjoy contributing to community events. From putting on plays such as Romeo and Juliet at local schools, through to reading sessions for primary pupils and visits to trauma patients in hospital, King’s students are always busy and a part of the local community.
Activities like these not only provide students with welcome diversion from the pressures of academic study, they help to instil a strong sense of responsibility and awareness of the needs of others – qualities that will be valuable throughout life.