A Caring Environment
Feltonfleet is a happy, safe and caring environment where a very high priority is given to pastoral care, and close relationships and bonds are developed between the children and staff throughout the School. The division into Calvi House, Lower, Middle and Upper Schools means that at each stage of a child’s learning journey their needs are met so that they can continue to grow in self-confidence and independence.
Our watchword is that every individual child really matters, and to ensure this is the case there is a strong and supportive pastoral framework running throughthe school. Class teachers and form tutors take a close interest in their pupils’pastoral welfare. They are supported in their roles by the Year Leaders who areresponsible for the welfare of children in each year group, and by the Deputy Head, who has particular expertise in dealing with pastoral and child development issues.
Feltonfleet is an environment conducive to mindfulness and positive mental health. “Time To Think” sessions are an explicit part of the curriculum and form system throughout the school. They provide the space for pupils to relax, reflect and grow in resilience and flexibility. There is a supportive ethos of respect and an acceptance of emotion.
The School has its own fully trained counsellor and two house matrons who provide on-site specialist skills. There are frequent training and refresher courses on pastoral issues for staff, and information sessions for both parents and pupils on aspects of pastoral care and pupil welfare.
There is a culture of openness and approachability throughout the school and parents are encouraged to contact the school if there is a concern about their child no matter how big or small. All staff are contactable directly by email and there is a strong feeling of teachers and parents working together to ensure pupils’ welfare.
In the Prep School pupils are encouraged to reflect on pastoral issues and to understand how they can contribute to the well-being of the school community. There are particular opportunities for discussion in weekly Positive Living lessons and the School Council.
The Feltonfleet Way
All pupils are encouraged to develop the School’s four core values; honesty, happiness, respect and responsibility and to follow ‘The Feltonfleet Way’:
- Treat others as you wish to be treated
- Forgive and forget
- Listen carefully
- Be honest and truthful
- Be kind and helpful
- Be the best you can