The School is a caring community which aims to make sure that all pupils feel valued and receive the individual support they need throughout their school career. All pupils are encouraged to achieve their full personal and academic potential and to work out their own moral and spiritual principles. Opportunities to take increasing responsibility for themselves and for others, and to take part in community activities, are an important aspect of school life.
A recent Inspection by the Independent School Inspectorate (2013) reported that “the school provides outstanding care for its pupils”.
Pastoral care was graded as “excellent” – the highest grading available.
The report adds that “pupils feel safe and well cared for as individuals. Tutors play a key role in pastoral care; they see their groups twice a day and are the first point of contact with parents. Extremely positive relationships between staff and pupils, and amongst pupils, are seen in every area of school life: in the classroom, on the sports fields, in tutor groups and in the boarding houses.”
These inspection findings are testament to the strong systems of pastoral care within the School.
All staff appreciate that pastoral care plays a vital role in the development of the students at Warminster School.
Structure for the provision of pastoral care at Warminster School
1. All members of staff - have a responsibility for the pastoral care of other members of the School community.
2. Form Tutors - are responsible for the day to day welfare and personal development of the pupils in their tutor group.
3. The Heads of Lower, Middle School and Head of Sixth Form - are responsible for maintaining an overview of the pastoral welfare of pupils in their respective year groups by:
· keeping personal records of pupils and ensuring that they are updated regularly
· working with and advising Form Tutors when appropriate
· keeping the Head of Pastoral Care and Headmaster informed of pastoral matters as appropriate
· liaising with the School Nursing Sister, the School Doctors, School Counsellor, School Chaplain, parents, and outside agencies, as appropriate
The Head of Pastoral Care - has responsibility for the welfare of the pupils in consultation with the Heads of Lower, Middle School and Head of Sixth Form, the Housemaster/mistresses and the Tutors. She also takes responsibility for Staff care and welfare.
The Headmaster - has overall responsibility for the pastoral welfare of every member of the School community.
6. The School Chaplain - plays an important role in the pastoral care of all pupils with particular concern for their moral and spiritual welfare, and in the pastoral care of teaching and auxiliary staff.
7. The School Nursing Sister - can be consulted about medical issues or any illness that occurs during the School day. She will refer pupils to the School Doctors if appropriate. She is also available to advise and see Members of Staff. Her Surgery is in Weymouth House.
8. The School Doctors - are available for consultation by all pupils and all Staff. Who are registered at the Avenue Surgery, Warminster. The Doctors hold a surgery in the School Surgery on Mondays at 4.00pm (Dr Caroline Wingfield) and Thursdays (Dr McBride) at 4.00pm.
9. The School Counsellor - is in School on Monday from 4.00-9.00pm. She is available to see any pupil by appointment (through Terri Wilcox) or more informally in the Boarding Houses. Staff are encouraged to suggest that pupils make contact with Helen Booth to discuss individual problems. The Head of Pastoral Care must be kept informed.