A great deal of emphasis is placed on pastoral care at Leweston. We are entirely committed to providing an environment that inspires warmth, confidence, creativity and personal development in all our pupils, whether they attend Leweston as a day pupil or boarder. A supportive programme of pastoral care ensures that every pupil’s personal welfare is monitored and any concerns dealt with sensitively and effectively. It helps that the school is of such a size that all staff know pupils as individuals.
The first point of contact for pupils is usually their Form Tutor in the Senior School, or their class teacher in the Prep School. These members of staff see pupils every day and have a role in monitoring their academic progress as well as being concerned for their personal wellbeing. Tutors are supported by a wider pastoral team which includes Heads of Year, the Head of Boarding, House Parents, the Health Centre nurses, the Lay Chaplain, the School Counsellor and the Deputy Head Pastoral. Pupils are also encouraged to support each other with the older girls playing an important part in the care of the younger ones through our Peer Mentoring scheme.
The House system at Leweston encourages a sense of belonging within the School; we do not operate separate day and boarding Houses. The presence of this vertical House system through the School enables friendships to be formed across Year groups and a variety of House activities foster and support the pastoral aspect of the Houses.
“The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is excellent. Staff provide excellent support and guidance for pupils… The personal development of pupils is excellent; they have a strong spiritual sense, becoming self-confident individuals who contribute to society both within and beyond the school”.
Independent Schools Inspection Report 2015