Pastoral Care

We believe children need an inclusive and nurturing environment to achieve their potential. We’ve created a caring community to support every child.

The wellbeing of each and every pupil is of paramount importance to us, and we work hard to create an environment where every child feels respected and valued.

Our School Council, discussions about moral, social and citizenship issues in PSHCE lessons, regular school assemblies and the use of a buddy system are all examples of how we achieve this.

While every pupil has a form teacher who is primarily responsible for their pastoral care, the community nature of our school means that all of our teachers play an active role in each child’s emotional and personal development, providing support whenever necessary.

We also encourage parents to come to us with any concerns or questions they have about their child. For children in Nursery and Kindergarten, informal handovers are embedded in every school day, helping parents and children alike feel comfortable with what each day holds.

In addition to ensuring each child progresses individually, we want all our pupils to feel part of something special. To engender that team spirit, we have three houses – Neptune, Mars and Jupiter – and run friendly inter-house competitions throughout the year in everything from sport to music and art.

This system helps the children understand how they are part of a larger whole, and encourages them to share in the achievements of others and interact with pupils from other year groups.

Ultimately our aim is to provide a safe and nurturing community where children feel comfortable and happy, allowing them to make the most of all the educational opportunities open to them.

Child protection

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment.

The safety of our pupils is our number one priority. Any concerns or signs of abuse or neglect must be immediately reported to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL).

Contact information

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Ms Caroline Dowling
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Deputy DSL) Mrs Tanya Mennie
Any other staff trained to DSL level Mr Rob Harmer
Mr Simon Dawes
Mrs Kate Bodle
Mrs Ruth Peters
Mrs Kate Catlin
Ms Rebecca Salter

St Mary's School Henley