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.
An ethos of pupils supporting one another is matched by a positive, whole school atmosphere, in which the focus is on each individual. Each pupil has a personal tutor who guides her or his development on a day-to-day basis. The tutor is someone to whom a pupil can turn for advice on any aspect of school life. Tutors meet with their tutor group each morning. Tutors are supported by Heads of Year, who regularly meet with the Head and Assistant Head (Pastoral) to discuss wide ranging issues.
All members of teaching staff have pastoral responsibilities which go beyond teaching and this adds an important dimension to their classroom role. Non-teaching staff are also encouraged to be alert to pupils’ needs and to contact the relevant staff if they have concerns.
The combination of the formal pastoral structure and the equally important informal discussions among staff help to ensure that the progress of each pupil is carefully monitored. In addition, we run mindfulness courses, open to parents and pupils, which at the most simple level are awareness-raising exercises that can lead to immediate results: greater happiness; feeling calmer; better concentration; greater ability to deal with stress and anxiety.
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.