Pastoral Care

School Days Should be Great Days

Excellent pastoral care at St Chris is fundamental to everything we believe, and everything we are.

It means that our children are enjoying school, want to be here, want to come to school in the morning and want to stay in school at the end of the day! It means that they are making friends, are motivated and engaged in their school work, that they are being stretched and are growing, maturing and finding out who they really are.

Unlike many schools, where pastoral care is an add-on and used after things have gone wrong, at St Chris pastoral care is the starting point upon which everything else is built.

Having children and adults working collaboratively in a mutually supportive, respectful, open and kind community, means that all our children can thrive – personally, socially and academically.

A Supportive Culture

Our pastoral care is not about badges and banners, it is about people and relationships.

Providing excellent pastoral care means taking the time to recognise and understand the different needs of each of our children – something which ultimately can only come about by listening, discussing and building consensus directly with the children.

We’ve found that not wearing a uniform, and using first names, removes some of the barriers to communication that can otherwise exist and means that children are far more confident in asking questions and raising issues with their teachers.

“We are very happy with the way issues are dealt with swiftly and privately. Our child knows that she can approach staff and they will take her problems seriously.”  Senior School parent, 2018.

Pastoral Structure

Our staff take an immense pride in developing a culture of excellent pastoral care.

In the Junior School and Nursery, the class teacher and teaching assistant form the first point of call for children, proactively supported by the Head and Deputy Head.

In the Senior School, all children are part of a Company, which consists of up to 20 children from the same year group who are cared for by an Adviser whom they meet each morning and afternoon.

Advisers are supported by their Head of Year and they, in turn, are supported by the Director of Pastoral Care and the Head. In addition, we have a team of counsellors, a School Nurse and a School Doctor.

In Sixth Form, we move to a system of personal tutors, supported by the Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form. Tutor groups are smaller, allowing for close support through the two year A-level programme of study. Each student is also allocated a specialist UCAS adviser to help them through each stage of the process when applying to university or art college.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons are run each week for all of our children. This crucial aspect of our provision helps children navigate their way through childhood, and also prepares them for life outside school. Lessons include finance, IT security, law, friendships, and cookery.

Within these structures, our pastoral care is bespoke. The needs of every child are different, and so is our response – tailored to achieve what is best for each child, at each point in time.

Peer Support

When a child starts at St Chris they are paired with a buddy in their Company or class, who helps them settle into school. Pupils in the Junior and Senior Schools are also supported by our trained Sixth Form Peer Mentors, who offer support and guidance on a range of subjects – both pastoral and academic.

Virtual Open Day

For families considering applying to St Chris, our Virtual Open Day is online and can be viewed here:

Virtual Open Day

  • Hear video messages from senior members of staff
  • View a virtual 360 degree tour of the school
  • Explore an interactive map showing key areas
  • Find out more about applying by reading our Admissions FAQs

Online Information Events

We are also running a number of online information events this term where you can hear from key staff from the area of the school that you are interested in, and can ask questions about life at St Chris.

Saturday 26 September10.00amSenior School Online Information EventBook Now
Saturday 10 October10.00amJunior School Online Information EventBook Now
Tuesday 13 October7.00pmSixth Form Online Information EventBook Now
Wednesday 4 November7.00pmSenior School Online Information EventBook Now
Wednesday 11 November7.00pmJunior School Online Information EventBook Now

Tours of St Chris

We are currently offering a limited number of socially distanced tours of the school for those families who are considering entry for September 2021.

We would request that families looking at the school for beyond 2021 should please book in for a tour after Christmas.
To book a tour please visit our Admissions portal by clicking here.

Contact Us

If you would like to speak to someone please contact Kate Allan, Registrar or Sarah Davis, Admissions Assistant, at admissions@stchris.co.uk or call +44 1462 650947.