Pastoral Care and Wellbeing
The provision of excellent pastoral care is at the heart of Beechwood life and there is a genuine commitment to care for the whole community; the happiness of each child is central to this. Just as you do, we want your child to achieve their very best at Beechwood, but – more importantly – we want every pupil in our care to be happy. To this end, the School has an exceptionally strong pastoral vision and a whole-school ethos geared towards wellbeing, promoting a positive and holistic approach to robust mental health.
It is a much used phrase, but at Beechwood we recognise that pupils learn best when they are happy, relaxed and at ease with their surroundings. Our deep understanding of each pupil is at the core of our personalised approach. But beyond that, the children really get to know their teachers too, creating an inspiring atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.
Caring for each and every pupil is central to school life, be that in the classroom, on the sports field, or in the boarding house. Our Deputy Head Pastoral, Mr Packer, oversees pastoral care throughout the School, and supports pupil wellbeing on a day to day basis. The Pastoral Team meets frequently to ensure they are aware of any issues.
Throughout their time at Beechwood, your child’s welfare will be monitored by his or her Form Teacher. This member of staff will always be available to your child and is the usual contact point between parents and the School. The School also offers frequent opportunities for parents both to meet their children’s teachers to review progress and to receive regular written reports.
We are delighted to be one of the first UK prep schools to have teamed up with Tooled Up Education to provide support for parents and staff via evidence-based research and resources on all aspects on parenting, education and family life.
Alongside Form Teachers, boarding staff and our medical team, a key member of the pastoral team is Bruce, our School Wellbeing Dog. Read more about the benefits of School Dogs here