"Reluctantly, I wait for the holidays to come. I love coming to school. I am still doing cross country...the reason why I started was because Jessica Ennis inspired me."

Year 3 Pupil, Hesketh House

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Pastoral System

The pastoral structure in the Junior School is represented as follows:

  • Form Teacher
  • Deputy Head of the Junior School
  • Head of the Junior School

The form teacher is the person of central importance in the life of any single pupil offering friendship and support as well as presenting a clear disciplinary response when necessary.

All teaching staff emphasise a positive attitude to work and other individuals, offering encouragement when a pupil has performed well or has worked especially hard.  The merit mark system is our reward method. A merit mark is awarded for good work, improved work, or for any notable act of personal behaviour.  The boys are divided into four Houses and the merit marks gained are counted each week with a small cup going to the House with the highest total. The House Tutors serve as an additional monitor of a pupil's progress and well-being.

Notable achievement may be acknowledged publicly in assembly and in the weekly newsletter.  At the end of each year two prizes are awarded to each form, one for academic progress and one for contribution to form life and general progress.

The importance of offering pupils encouragement and reward, as and when appropriate, cannot be over-estimated. At the same time, it should be recognised that the pupils need and benefit from very clear guidelines of acceptable behaviour.

"The quality of the pupils' personal development is excellent."
ISI Inspection Report, December 2016

 

junior boys in playground