King Edward’s is committed to providing pastoral care of the highest quality to all of its pupils. We have a dedicated team of school nurses, school counsellor, a child protection team and school Chaplain who work closely with all the other pastoral staff to support the pupils.
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and all staff appointed to work at the School undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post. The School’s Child Protection Officers undertake formal refresher training every two years and in addition to this they regularly attend local network meetings and other relevant courses. Whole staff training is conducted every three years. On joining the School all new staff are inducted in Child Protection matters and they also undertake training, in the form of a Child Protection video produced by the School.
In addition, we run a mindfulness course which is open to parents and pupils which at the most simple level is an awareness-raising exercise that can lead to immediate results: greater happiness; feeling calmer; better concentration; greater ability to deal with stress and anxiety.
Mindfulness is a skill that can be developed, or if you like, a muscle that you can exercise. It can be likened to tuning-up a musical instrument. We all possess a very precious instrument, our brain. In Mindfulness practise we follow a very simple set of guidelines that teach us to tune-up our minds: tune-up to come to school; tune-up to learn; tune-up before a match; tune-up before a performance; tune-up for examinations; tune-up to go home.