We pride ourselves on providing outstanding pastoral care. It is at the heart of everything we do in the Senior School. We provide a secure, friendly environment where good behaviour and respect for others are considered to be of paramount importance and help to provide a secure foundation for learning.
We aim to ensure that every pupil feels happy, safe, secure, understood and valued. In general terms the rule for the Senior School is that we all, staff and pupils alike, treat each other as we should wish to be treated. Pupils are therefore encouraged to behave in a responsible, thoughtful and considerate manner towards each other and all members of the school community.
Pupils are in tutor groups of no more than 18 and each group has a mixture of pupils from each year group. ‘Vertical Tutoring’, as it is called, allows all our pupils to support one another as well as fostering a sense of family and community. Pupils meet in their tutor groups every day at morning registration for 15 minutes. Pupils have tow Form Tutors per form group and our form tutors are central to ensuring pupils are successful academically and socially. They liaise frequently with parents to ensure our pupils are happy, confident, settled and enjoy all aspects of school life.
In the Senior School, the Deputy Head has the oversight of pastoral care across the school and works alongside a dedicated Pastoral Team which encompasses Head of Boy’s Pastoral and Head of Girl’s Pastoral. They work closely with our pupils on all pastoral matters and provide appropriate support in a friendly and approachable manner ensuring our pupils get the very best care.
We have effective measures in place allowing us to identify and respond to the individual needs of our pupils. Furthermore, we foster a culture of openness and procedures for pupils to express their concerns are well established.
Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds)
As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.
- Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.
- Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.
- Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.
- Remain positive and hopeful!
- Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.
- Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine
You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/
Mr Sheldon & Dr Butler
Daughter in Year 8
We looked at every state and independent school in the Midlands and even though our daughter gained a place at a local grammar school, we all felt Hydesville was a much better environment for her with excellent pastoral care and intimate class sizes. We are extremely happy to say we have not been disappointed.