Individualised and proactive pastoral care has always been – and will always be – at the very top of our agenda.
We have always instinctively known that girls can only reach their true potential if they are happy and well supported at home and at school. We know that the emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. If a child is unhappy she will not be able to achieve academically. Good mental health allows children to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
We know our girls extremely well, and we quickly spot when one of them might be acting a little differently or struggling.
By working closely with our families and by intervening quickly, we can usually put in place the help and support they need to quickly bounce back to their usual self. We also measure our pupils’ attitudes to school each year to make sure that we are able to identify any trends and address any issues that may be bubbling under the surface before they become a problem.
There are times when a pupil might need a little extra help and having the opportunity to talk with someone outside the family or school setting can, in many cases, help a child to deal with a particularly difficult issue they are facing.
The QCPS Counselling Service supports the school’s extensive system of pastoral care, offering 1:1 therapy sessions for girls and support for parents through an expert external provider who comes into school.