Pastoral care is implicit in every aspect of school life and all pupils follow a personal, social and health education programme (PSHE). Parents are invited to meet form tutors and those who teach their daughters, to discuss work, progress and general development. Parents are welcome to arrange further individual appointments at any time with Heads of Year.

Each girl’s first port of call is her Form Tutor and then her Head of Year. The Assistant Headteacher in charge of student wellbeing for Years 7-11 also coordinates provision for students with Special Educational Needs and is the Child Protection Officer.

For students in the Sixth Form, their pastoral needs are met through their Form Tutors, the Assistant Headteacher in charge of student wellbeing for Years 12 and 13 and the Director of Sixth Form. Newsletters, general information and reports are sent home regularly. Parents are invited to year group Focus Evenings to learn about the academic year ahead at each stage and parents and students are invited to Celebration Evenings to mark the end of each Key Stage. The first of these is held in November, at the end of Year 9, when we celebrate the achievements of the girls who took their GCSEs the previous summer, and followed in December when we welcome back the girls who left Year 13 to celebrate their A Level achievements. During each Celebration Evening girls receive their certificates and prizes for achievements in the fields of academia, sport, community, performing arts and service to the school.

In the Sixth Form, the students are supported by a pastoral programme, UCAS advice and an enrichment programme. Our Careers Advisor provides appropriate independent advice and guidance to girls in all year groups and organises Careers Evenings with speakers from different fields throughout the year. Our Student Support Service also includes a school nurse who is available in school on Monday lunchtimes. We have 13 qualified first aiders in school to help meet first needs in the case of illness or accident. Our School Counsellor is in school every Thursday and sees students by referral or during drop-in sessions. Drop-in sessions are available Wednesday lunchtime 12.15-12.45pm. A peer support and mediation service is offered by Year 12 form associates who give support and advice on areas of concern to younger students. This service runs every Wednesday lunchtime.