The Pastoral Care Framework
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 Pre-Prep, 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 there is a strong and supportive pastoral framework running through the 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 are responsible 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 tutor system throughout the school. They provide the space for pupils to relax, reflect and grow in resilience and flexibility. There is a supportive ethos that accepts and respects pupils' emotions.
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 us with any concerns 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 specific opportunities for discussion in weekly Positive Living lessons and in the Pupil Voice Committees.