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Caring For Our Pupils

Caring for our pupils is at the heart of everything we do at St John’s.  The very structure of the School, centred as it is around a house system staffed by Housemasters and Housemistresses, matrons and tutors, creates a robust network of staff who are dedicated to looking after every child here.  But pastoral care is not something with rests only with certain members of staff, the whole community knows that it is a fundamental factor of every aspect of school life. 

We have a thorough, informative wellbeing programme which is designed to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.  It is important that the experience of wellbeing should not simply be one-off sessions focussing on individual topics, but that it is a broader educational programme.  To that end we also run a variety of evening sessions for parents to attend which help encourage open lines of communication between pupil, parent and school and which offer insights into the issues which matter to young people today.

The programme has three core themes: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships; Living in the Wider World.  As pupils progress through the School, they will hear from a range of external speakers on topics such as cyber safety, self-esteem, substance abuse, careers, sexual relations and stress management and we create opportunities for them to discuss and reflect on these topics.