The Deputy Head Pastoral, Sarah Longville, oversees the care and welfare of all students in the school.
In the Junior School, a child's teacher will provide the majority of the care and support needed and parents are encouraged to share concerns with them as early as possible. The Junior School Headmaster and his team oversee the day to day welfare of the children and provide an alternative source of support.
In the Senior School, students have the benefit of both a Form Supervisor and a Tutor to help them navigate the academic, extra-curricular and social demands of adolescence.
Form Supervisors have daily contact with their students; they register them each day and oversee their academic and general welfare. They are supported by a Head of Year and Assistant Heads of Year who are all based in one central office. This enables a continuity of care as a student moves through the school and ensures that our understanding of each child continues to grow.
Whilst students may have different Form Supervisors throughout their time at RGS, their Tutor will remain the same. Tutors oversee a tutor group which belongs to one of the four school Houses: Collingwood, Eldon, Horsley and Stowell, and is made up of two or three students from each year group. Siblings are usually in the same tutor group as this enables students and families to build a valuable bond with that member of staff whose priority is not the academic performance or behaviour of the student, but their general well-being and activities beyond the classroom. The House system is a key element in our pastoral support as well as providing a mechanism for intra-school competition.
The pastoral structure in the Sixth Form remains the same as in the Senior School. Additional help and support is also available from the Head of Sixth Form and their team who are based in their own office in the Sixth Form Centre.
In addition to the above, students can also seek help and advice from peer supporters, a full-time School Nurse, on-site Counsellors and the School Doctor who is available once a week.
Find out more about our Pastoral system and team here
Mental health and well-being is something that is important to everyone and an element of school life that we at the RGS have been quietly working on for several years in a variety of different ways.
This month's blog looks at how we encourage our students to think about the contribution they can make to our community and the people they want to become.