"Pastoral care is of the highest quality"
"The development of the pupils personal qualities is excellent,
fulfilling the aim to encourage all pupils to develop principles of
integrity, commitment, faithfulness, honesty, loyalty, kindness and
service to others". Independent Schools Inspectorate 2011
Miss A Hills (Deputy Head) girls in years 6, 7
Mr T Herbert (Senior Teacher)boys in years 6, 7
Mr C Rice (Senior Teacher)girls and boys in years
BCPS has a long-established reputation as a very friendly school
and it prioritises the importance of pastoral care. All the
teachers take their responsibilities for pastoral care very
seriously and this is particularly true of the form tutor, who has
the prime responsibility for the care of the pupils in his or her
form. The form tutors are supported by the three pastoral
care leaders and the three college nurses.
The form tutor is the first line of contact for parents, as they
know the pupils well and can often correct any misunderstandings in
a tactful way. The bond between pupil and tutor enables sound
pastoral care and gives rise to excellent results.
We are very fortunate in having the dedicated services of three
highly professional nurses, who have specialist skills in working
with children and young people. They are on duty in the prep school
surgery during break times. In addition to caring for pupils who
are not feeling very well, they also offer a sympathetic ear and
lots of reassurance.
A 'buddy' support scheme operates through the house system and
involves older pupils acting as mentors to younger pupils in their
In recognition of the importance that we place on showing
consideration for others, two pupils from each form are nominated
to receive a consideration award at the end of each academic year.
There is also an overall winner from year 8. These pupils receive
their awards during the annual speech day ceremony in the Brighton
The school works principally on encouragement. Pupils and staff
have worked together to produce a code of conduct which guides the
behaviour of everyone in the school community.
The school council has fifteen members, one from each form in
the prep school. These pupils are elected by their classmates
at the beginning of the academic year. Mrs Griffiths, one of
our senior teachers, chairs the school council meetings which take
place at least twice a term. During these meetings, the council
representative from each form will offer a suggestion of a way in
which we could improve our school. After discussion, the proposals
are submitted to the senior management team for approval.
One idea that met with success was to have several water
dispensers around the school. Another suggestion was that the
school should reduce the number of mail-outs and send information
to parents by email instead. This idea was warmly received by the
senior management team. In addition to implementing this
environmentally-friendly proposal, we also email the weekly
newsletter to parents.