Pastoral care at King’s is not just a complementary practice; it is a caring approach fully integrated and interwoven into the fabric of teaching and learning; the school’s organisation and our engagement with the world beyond the school gates. Through our focus on the development of each individual, we aim to provide a genuinely caring environment where young people can thrive and develop as curious and engaged members of the King’s family and a broader society. Our ethos emphasises mutual respect, openness, and warmth; it is the quality of relationships within the school that makes the pastoral care at King’s so special.
At the heart of our pastoral system lies the unique structure of entry into the Fourth Form in Years Seven or Eight followed by a gradual transition into life in one of our nine Houses from Year Nine (Lower Remove) until the end of the Sixth Form. Pastoral care in the first two years is focused on the Form and the Form Tutor becomes a vital component in ensuring pupils are happy, well-adjusted and lead balanced and committed lives within the school. The move into the Lower Remove marks a period of change and with this an increased sense of responsibility for others and the opportunity to contribute to one of the key features of life at King’s- our House system.
Each House is led by a House Tutor whose role is to oversee the well-being, happiness and progression of all members of the House as well as providing opportunities for pupils to forge supportive relationships with other members of the school outside of their year group. Year Group Tutors take responsibility for a year within the House, reviewing the pupils’ day to day academic and personal development as well as their engagement with school life. The Houses engender a sense of belonging, loyalty and care for others and it is this collaborative mind-set that forms that basis of our pastoral support network.
There will undoubtedly be times when pupils require extra levels of support and we are fortunate that our pastoral framework extends to include the Learning Skills department, the Health Centre and the School Chaplain.
Learning Skills support can be offered for those who have specific learning difficulties or who face problems with organisation and time management. Pupils can gain assistance with their subject work or be offered support to help them develop in areas that will enhance their work in the classroom.
The School Chaplain, Mark Dorsett, oversees the religious life of the School. He presides over many of the school services in the Cathedral as well as running the Chaplaincy Centre. Dr. Dorsett is available for all aspects of care and support; pupils are encouraged to seek help and advice from members of the school community that they trust and to whom they feel they can talk.
The School employs two fully-qualified nurses in the Health Centre throughout the working week, with one of them on duty at any time. Both nurses can offer advice on health, emotional concerns and other personal matters and they are also on hand if a pupil is unwell or sustains an injury.
The School's Counselling Service is in addition to the already well-established provision for pastoral care, guidance, and support for pupils in the school. Our Counsellor has been practising for many years, is British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited, and has experience in working with young people and families. She is available to work with pupils when they are experiencing problems or concerns which may be easier to share with someone other than a member of staff. Her training enables her to develop a working relationship with pupils with the aim of facilitating their growth and emotional development. All that is shared by the pupils will be treated in confidence - if the Counsellor is concerned for the pupil's safety or that of others then she abides by the BACP code of ethics which could mean the sharing of relevant information with other agencies to ensure that all children are appropriately safeguarded.
Fourth Forms - Years 7 and 8
Houses - Years 9 to 13