Gosford Hill School prides itself on the quality of its pastoral care. All members of staff see it as their responsibility to ensure students at the school feel safe and happy.
Both the academic and support staff receive regular briefings and training on the ways in which we can show support to children as they navigate their way through getting older and meeting the challenges of life at school.
At the heart of the pastoral work at the school is an attention to the student. At the different stages of the school, different challenges appear, but at the heart of it all is an individual student who wants to flourish and be happy in a way that is natural and right for her or him. Around the student is an array of teaching and support staff, as well as older and younger students that help children develop, learn and enjoy new things.
Pastoral care at Gosford Hill School is organised through year groups. Each year group has its own Head of Year who supports their year group academically and with their pastoral needs. Alongside the Head of Year there is a dedicated team of teachers who act as tutors. There is also a Student Support team that consists of a Student Welfare Manager, Attendance Officer, Pastoral Assistants and a Pastoral Administrator. Additional support for students in school can be provided by the School Health Nurse, School Counsellor or the Peer Listeners. Overseeing the Heads of Year and Student Support Team is Mr Bird (Deputy Headteacher, student progress) and Gosford Hill School’s designated safeguarding lead, Mrs Driscoll (Assistant Headteacher).