At Ipswich Prep School we place key importance on the pastoral care of our pupils, staff and parents. Care is one of our four core values at the school. Our school ethos aims to enable our children to develop self-esteem, confidence, independence and a sense of responsibility.
Through our provision for pastoral care, we aim to demonstrate excellence in personal and social development of the whole school community, regardless of a child’s age, race or religion to encourage each individual to feel secure and able to fully participate in the life of the school and its wider community. It is important that we create strong links between home and school; to maximise learning and ensure a safe, secure environment for all our pupils.
All teachers and support staff have responsibility for the pastoral care of pupils in the school. Through the planned curricular programme and in day to day interactions they have responsibility to build children’s esteem, encourage them to be assertive where appropriate and help them to make informed decisions about issues in terms of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Form teachers are charged with the day-to-day care of the children in their Forms. They liaise directly with parents on matters of health, behaviour and academic progress. Parents are kept informed regularly and routinely of school matters and we ask that they let us know of any happening at home, such as the death of a pet that might be causing concern to their child.
Our pastoral care system is encompassed in all that we do from the moment a child enters the school until after they leave, ensuring that there is a smooth transition onto the next part of their schooling and beyond. Staff are always willing to go that extra mile to ensure that the children are as happy as possible. This is what makes us such a happy school.