Pastoral support is the name given to the care and guidance a school provides for its pupils. It is often the case that heads of department or faculty are responsible for academic performance, and heads of house or year, or sometimes post-holders with a different title, are responsible for pastoral support.  Heads of department or faculty will always be trained teachers. Those who are responsible for pastoral issues will not always be teachers.  They might, for example, have a social work or youth work background.

How does this affect my choice of school?

  • A school that is right for your child should not prioritise academic over pastoral, or the other way round. Pupils that are happy achieve well. Pupils who are happy, but are not being challenged, are being short changed by the school.

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