At Wetherby Kensington we believe that pastoral care is central to each boy’s success from both academic and pastoral perspectives. The quality of pastoral care has a huge impact on a boy’s academic, vocational, social, emotional and behavioural development. The importance placed on the pastoral care of our boys is reflected by and embedded within our school’s mission statement and aims.
We believe that all boys should be happy, well-rounded and confident learners who are respectful, thoughtful and motivated Wetherby Ambassadors. We also believe that the qualities of integrity, kindness and good manners are at the heart of what we do. At Wetherby Kensington, we want everyone to look after one another and think of others within our community.
Our Pastoral Aims
- To enable each boy to fulfil their own potential both academically and socially
- To create a caring environment where pupils are valued for who they are, not just for what they can do
- To ensure that each boy has access to personal and academic guidance and support where necessary
- To promote the self-awareness and self-confidence that they need to face the challenges, both academic and personal, that are placed on them
- To create a happy, secure and settled environment where boys’ self-esteem can develop
- To provide opportunities for and encourage boys to exercise individual and social responsibility
- To develop important life skills that promote positive mental health and social welfare, emotional literacy, critical and moral reasoning, self-esteem, self-awareness, communication skills, relationship skills and assertiveness
- To establish and maintain an appropriate relationship with every parent, so that together we can help to prepare the boys for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
- To enable our boys to understand and gain experiences that help them to lead healthy lives, know how to keep themselves safe, enjoy and achieve in their lives, understand the principles of achieving economic well-being and make a positive contribution.
- To ensure all pastoral care systems are in place, are monitored and followed up appropriately
- Through our behaviour and discipline policy develop behaviour that stresses courtesy, tolerance, acceptance, co-operation, respect and care. Boys will be encouraged to manage their own behaviour and use behaviours that will lead to a happy and safe school and be rewarded for showing these behaviour
- To encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own actions and realise that actions have consequences
- To ensure all staff are aware of the procedures for Child Protection (Safeguarding)
- To maintain the school’s Child Protection (Safeguarding) Policy and ensure all members of staff are conversant with it
- To keep records of all reported incidents and meetings with external agencies that involve the welfare of our boys