Pastoral Care

Just as the school nurses help children with their medical needs, our pastoral care team works tirelessly to ensure the safety, happiness and growth of every child.

We look out for each child as an individual. We notice and act on the more obvious signs that help is needed, as well as carefully investigating more subtle changes in behaviour that may indicate that something is not quite right. We understand that when children are happy, their ability to learn and enjoy school follows.

We teach our children more than how to read and write. It’s about developing the whole child; building up their soft skills and preparing them to thrive in the real world.
Sam Pollock, Head of Pastoral Care

Supporting the Individual

The support and care of the individual is of primary importance at Westbourne House from the very early years at nursery to our teenagers in Year 8.

We have a carefully structured pastoral care system and at the centre of this is the ethos that all staff play an active role in the wellbeing of the children. More formally, in the younger years (Pre-Nursery to Year 4), the primary support for each individual is his or her key worker or class teacher. Years 5 to 8 are helped and supported by their form teacher. Forms, like our classes, are small in size and every child is very well known and valued. In addition to form teachers, in Years 7 and 8 we also carefully select a personal tutor for each child. They meet on a weekly basis to discuss their academic progress and welfare.

Overseeing the pastoral system are the heads of each year group, the head of pastoral care and ultimately the headmaster.

Wellbeing, character and community

Our carefully planned pastoral programme also helps children to learn important life skills that encourage wellbeing and support the community as a whole.

All children in Years 2 to 8 have weekly Learning4Life lessons, a sector-leading programme that combines of the practical application of strategies to encourage wellbeing and citizenship. We encourage all our pupils to follow the Westbourne Way, a set of guidelines devised by the children that maps out the way our community wants to interact and grow together.

We run Girls On Board and Boys on Board sessions with Years 7 and 8, which involve role playing situations and encourage reflection on behaviour.  We are finding that with consideration and guidance, the children are empowered to sort out some of their own problems themselves, which is a very important life skill.

Our emphasis on acts of kindness is a key piece in our pastoral system and all the children have an opportunity to be involved in the kindness committee, a group that comes up with initiatives across the school to spread kindness. We aim to make playtimes more inclusive for all and our Playground Pals in Years 3 and 4, Buddy programme in Year 6, Happy Helpers in Year 7, and Friends in Year 8, are trained to spot and include children that need a friend. Many of our initiatives both create a strong community and build leadership skills.

Thank you for letting me talk to you about anything. The power of conversation is invaluable and being able to mention anything made me feel valued and listened to.
Child in Year 7