Providing a Caring Environment

Girls attend King’s High during the crucial and formative years of their young lives. While this can be a very exciting time for them, going through the enormous emotional and physical changes of adolescence can be challenging. We try to help girls deal with their development and with these challenges in the best possible way. It helps that the school is small enough for teachers and form staff to know girls as individuals. As a result, our girls generally find it easy to talk to staff, even about teenage issues such as boyfriends, health, friends – and parents!

Girls are in mixed ability forms. Their form tutor meets their class twice a day and, therefore, gets to know them well. The tutors, who are trained and experienced in the needs of girls during the different Key Stages, provide academic and pastoral support, reporting any concerns to the Head of their Key Stage.  The Deputy Head (Pastoral), Mrs Caroline Renton, oversees the pastoral welfare of all girls in school and is the school’s Child Protection Officer. 

Heads of Key Stages are all members of the Senior Management Team and meet with the Deputy Head (Pastoral) each week to regularly review the progress and well-being of all girls and to discuss any who may be causing concern and those needing extra support. Girls are encouraged to talk freely to all members of the teaching staff, and Matron, the school nurse, is available throughout the school day. The girls are encouraged to support each other, with the older girls playing an important part in the care of the younger ones. In Year 7, each girl is adopted by a Sixth Form “mother”, and is also given a “big sister” from Year 8, and there are plenty of opportunities for them to meet and talk.