Pastoral care extends to the whole family. We recognise that starting the school journey is a new experience and encourage parents to share information, discuss concerns and ask for advice. We also recognise that children thrive when school and parents work together.
- The term before children join Caterpillars, parents are invited to an information evening, where they have the chance to talk to staff and meet their child’s key carer. The Head of Nursery delivers a presentation explaining the curriculum, pastoral care and settling in procedures. Parents will also receive an information welcome pack.
- At the beginning of the term, parents and children are invited to a ‘stay and play’ session which allows parents to explore the classroom and activities with their child and chat informally to the staff. The following day the children attend for a shorter session.
- The settling in period can be adapted to suit each individual child.
- In the spring term there is a ‘Welcome to King’s House’ day where the boys get to meet some of the teachers and participate in fun activities, such as Music, PE and “Free Flow” in the outdoor learning area.
- In the summer term, parents have an induction talk given by the Head of the Junior Department, at which they meet their son’s teacher and have the chance to ask questions.
- Before school starts in September, each boy is invited to spend a morning in School with his new teacher and some of his classmates, to familiarise himself further with the environment.
- At the end of the summer term there is an information evening, where parents meet the teacher and have an opportunity to socialise with staff and other parents. There is also a “Moving up Morning”, where boys spend time in School with their new class and teacher.
- At the start of the autumn term, there are curriculum talks for all parents and once the term is underway, there is an informal coffee morning.
- Boys arriving in Year 4 will also have the chance to attend a transition morning with boys from Year 3.
- In other years, boys will be involved in a taster morning and partnered with a friendship buddy.
Who takes the lead on Pastoral Care?
Effective pastoral care helps pupils feel at ease, grow in confidence and give of their best. Our small class sizes mean that we know our boys very well, appreciate their various strengths and weaknesses and can ensure that pastoral care is excellent.
There is a House system at King’s House School, but it is the Form (Years 5-8) or Class (Year 4) Teacher who is responsible for day-to-day pastoral care. Unresolved issues will be referred from the Form Teacher to the Head of Pastoral Care and ultimately to the Headmaster.
Health and Wellbeing
The boys’ health and wellbeing are of paramount importance.
- In the Nursery all staff hold a full paediatric Level 2 qualification. The Head of Nursery and Class Teachers take responsibility for all medication and allergies.
- A fully qualified nurse works full time across all departments and manages daily medical needs and health issues. The majority of the teachers also hold a first aid qualification.
- Duty Class Teachers are responsible for finding out about any dietary requirements and allergies and for sharing this information with the nursing and catering staff.
King’s House School is a happy, inclusive and supportive community which welcomes families from all religious and cultural backgrounds. We work with families to ensure individual needs are attended to.
- On joining the Nursery, parents are asked to identify which special days families celebrate. Parents and children are then invited to share these celebrations with the class – this provides a wonderful opportunity for all to learn about other cultures and countries.
- School Assemblies celebrate the traditional Christian Festivals of Harvest, Remembrance, Advent, Christmas and Easter. These ideas are explored further in PSHEE lessons and are promoted in practice throughout the school.
- The Religious Studies curriculum covers the main world religions and an atmosphere of mutual respect is nurtured through circle time, assemblies and visiting speakers.
The Governors and the Headmaster fully recognise the School’s responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection, particularly the role we can fulfil as part of a wider system of safeguarding.
For further information please see the School’s Safeguarding Policy on our Policies page
PSHEE – Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
- PSHEE refers to all aspects of school life – the thinking, planning, teaching and organisation which are designed to contribute to the process of growing up, getting on with other people, formation of values, and preparation of children for responsibility in adult life.
- PSHEE encourages boys to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work.
For further information please see the School’s PSHEE Policy on our Policies page