A Caring Culture
Happiness is central to our pastoral care at Bilton Grange because we know that happy children learn more effectively. We work to ensure there is a nurturing atmosphere in which each child feels cared for and acknowledged. This is achieved both formally through our Pastoral system and informally through the positive relationships the children are encouraged to build with each other and all the adults at the School.
The Assistant Head Pastoral oversees the school’s Welfare Management Team which focuses on the wellbeing of every child.
In Juniors, children have a Class Teacher who has the principal responsibility for the pastoral care of their children. In the Middle School (Third Form and Fourth Form), children are looked after by their tutor who is a vital link between school and home. Form Tutors support their tutees in both academic and pastoral matters and oversee their wellbeing. The tutor team is supported by the Head of Phase for Middle School.
Fifth and Sixth Form are known as Upper School. Children are allocated a tutor who looks after approximately eight tutees; this enables a close working relationship and strong support as the children prepare for the move to senior school. The tutor team is supported by the Head of Phase (Upper School).
Heads of Phase sit on the Welfare Management Team and feed into the Assistant Head Pastoral who oversees the School’s tutoring provision. As part of this offering, there is a weekly tutor discussion period called Insight in which the children reflect on the world around them and develop opinions and reason about the weekly themes and current affairs. This is further supported by the Head of Wellbeing and PSHE via a comprehensive programme of study.
If a child does have a concern or problem, they not only know they can speak to any of the tutors or staff on their support network but there is also a dedicated school nurse, school counsellor and Independent Listener available for further support.