The care we take of our pupils’ emotional and mental wellbeing is our main priority.
Naturally we want to protect and support our boys, helping them to develop into healthy, fulfilled and resilient young people and making sure they feel safe and enjoy their time at the Under School. Yet we also want to nurture their own pastoral skills, encouraging them to look out for others and to act thoughtfully and compassionately.
In addition to the general pastoral care offered by the Housemasters, Heads of Year and the Study Skills Co-ordinator, all pupils have a dedicated form teacher. The form teacher takes special responsibility for the welfare of the boys in his or her form and is also the main link between the school and our pupils’ parents. The form teacher is there to offer personal and academic support and advice and is always the first point of contact for both pupils and parents if there are any concerns.
The school also has a BACP-accredited Child and Adolescent Counsellor, offering confidential counselling services to any pupils and/or parents who might value advice and support through a difficult time, or space to think together with a professional about emotional, behavioural, or academic difficulties. Our Counsellor is available for both one-off sessions and longer-term support.
We also make time each week for personal, spiritual and philosophical reflection, as every Thursday the whole school attends a service in nearby St Stephen’s Church. The church is a beautiful and calming space and the service offers the boys time to pause and focus on something outside of themselves.
Underpinning our care of pupils is a set of shared values: for example, it is made clear that bullying in any form is unacceptable at Westminster. Those values are made explicit in our policies on Child Protection and Anti-Bullying. The school also has procedures in place relating to issues such as First Aid, behaviour (rewards and sanctions), complaints procedures and Health and Safety matters. These can be viewed in our ‘Policies‘ section.
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