At Beaconhurst, the family atmosphere is fostered through our tutor groups and small class sizes. In the Senior School, each tutor sees a small group of approximately 12 mixed age pupils from Transition to S6 every morning and is a central point of contact throughout each pupil’s whole school journey at Beaconhurst.
Our Pastoral Care system ensures the safety, well-being and positive encouragement of all our pupils across the broad spectrum of activities, both academic and extra-curricular, which they encounter in the school day. Our ethos is based on the Beaconhurst Values of Empathy, Respect, Resilience, Ambition and Integrity. Pupils are encouraged to build positive working and social relationships founded on these values.
The Pastoral Care of all pupils is overseen by Mrs Haughton, Deputy Head – Pastoral, who leads the Pastoral Team of Heads of House and Tutors. The Pastoral Team communicates regularly with parents, other staff and the pupils themselves to ensure that a positive dialogue of self evaluation and target setting is always driving progress forwards and leading our pupils to become confident and responsible young adults.
Each age and stage can bring with it a different set of challenges as pupils grow and develop together, ultimately learning how to operate in a community. To support this process, each year group has a timetabled Health and Well-being period each week which is led by a year group tutor, who delivers up to date, age and stage relevant information and encourages discussion and sharing of ideas around this.
As pupils reach the upper end of the Senior Section, they are encouraged to take on leadership roles. The S4 year group act as mentors to the new Transition year group coming up to the Senior School and the 5th and 6th year act as prefects and coaches in a variety of areas, working with the younger pupils.
Again this creates a community in which the pupils get to know each other well and can confidently access support and achieve their potential in the knowledge that there is a robust network around them.