We believe very strongly that children need to be happy to learn effectively and therefore we place very high importance on pastoral care and learning for life in the junior years of the school.
The transition into the Prep school also represents a significant change for all children, both those who are coming up from our Pre-Prep and for those who are joining us from other schools. In years 3&4 the Form Tutor plays a vital role in supporting the children both academically and pastorally.
Communication between home and school is essential and encouraged. We operate an open door policy and provide time to meet with you to discuss any issues that you feel may be hampering your child's happiness at school. Form tutors are overseen by a Pastoral Head, with whom they meet weekly. Any issues or information that would help all staff to support your child is then passed on to the Pastoral Care Group, which is chaired by the Deputy Head (Pastoral), who can discuss strategies to help support your child.
Pupils spend about 75% of their time in school with their form tutor and this allows them to get to know the children very well.
Our pastoral care is closely linked with timetabled LFL+ lessons. As a school we aim to help pupils flourish through teaching and guiding them to understand themselves and their emotions better, make the most of their talents, be resilient in the face of setback, keep themselves healthy, understand the society in which they live and become a valuable member of their community on many levels.
There is many a friendly face with whom to share problems or worries; everyone at the school whether teachers, matrons, non-teaching staff or pupils recognises that they have a role to play in the happiness of others.
Eagle House is a community where we all look out for each other. In years 3-5 the children will also be given a ‘Buddy’, another pupil in years 6-8 who is in their ‘section’. They are there to be a friendly face and to support them when necessary. This system of peer mentoring benefits both the older and younger child.