Ethos & Behaviour Code

The ethos of the Department reflects the importance which staff attach to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of their pupils.

Our expectations of girls' personal and social responsibility are high. Girls are taught, both by example and through the curriculum, to value themselves and respect the needs, welfare and feelings of others.

Members of staff have good relationships and work together as a team. The staff forge strong links with members of their form and demonstrate their responsibility and care for them. This unity offers girls a common set of standards and a good quality of life in the school community.

The House system engenders group loyalty and co-operation as well as positive attitudes towards competitions. Each form teacher is responsible for the pastoral care of her pupils, although every member of staff will help with that responsibility where appropriate.

Close liaison between the Head of the Preparatory School and staff is regarded as essential for the continued well-being of girls throughout their time in the Preparatory Department. Form teachers and the Head of the Preparatory School work hard to create and maintain firm links with parents and contact between home and school is encouraged.

The School Nurse is also involved in the pastoral care system. When girls are unwell she is available in a one to one situation to help or offer sympathy and understanding. When appropriate the School Nurse will involve form staff and the Head of Department.

Health and Social Education lessons, drama and assemblies are used as ways of communicating with girls about their well-being and developmental needs.

Each day begins with an assembly. Whilst this is usually non-denominational, account is taken of a variety of religions. The multi-faith aspects of our society are expressed through stories and the sharing of experiences. Tolerance of other faiths is stressed and importance is given to exploring issues through a multi-faith approach.

Assemblies are also used to make the connection with the wider, less privileged world outside. We have a weekly charity collection and girls choose which charities they would like to help. We have links with a local crisis centre, and the girls are involved in bringing in clothing and toys for children less fortunate than themselves. Visiting speakers talk to the girls about their work with charitable foundations or about social issues.