Pastoral care fosters the emotional, social and academic development of the whole child. It helps to build self-esteem and provides the skills to enable and support learning. Pastoral care provides a safe environment for pupils to explore ideas, feelings and concepts.
Happy, healthy pupils are far more likely to do well at school and the goal of the pastoral team is to provide a point of personal contact for every student. Tutors, international and Chinese, primarily take responsibility for this point of contact and have an overview of how a pupil is doing both academically and socially. Pupils’ potential is maximised through close relationships between pastoral and academic staff.
Pastoral care permeates every aspect of school life. Robust safeguarding policies and procedures ensures that student wellbeing is at the forefront of everything we do. Every member of staff is technically part of the pastoral care programme, as everyone takes an interest in ensuring that our pupils are well looked after. The boarding team, heads of house, heads of year and school tutors are, however, at the forefront of our pastoral care programme.
Tutors are the main support for pupils at schools. They communicate regularly with pupils on daily concerns and topics of interest, to help them feel secure and comfortable in the community.
Boarding at RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou follows an international model whereby each boarding house is fully integrated into the life of the school. A mixture of local and expatriate staff are on campus to provide opportunities for students to develop outside of the classroom. Tutors meet regularly with the pupils under their care and there is a strong support network.
Our boarding creates an environment that nurtures pupils’ social and educational development. Boarding pupils have the opportunity to take part in an extensive range of cultural, creative and sporting activities, ensuring fun free time, as well as developing their knowledge and skills.
The house system is the pastoral hub of the school. Houses establish a smaller environment where pupils can collectively enjoy one another’s company in a healthily competitive environment. Belonging to, and loyalty towards, a house will be a strong culture within the school. The following are the goals of our house system:
- To facilitate a cohesive community in which our international and Chinese pupils meet regularly and share common house activities, in an English speaking environment
- To deliver effective and personalised pastoral care to all of our pupils, irrespective of the section of the school that they attend
- To generate school and house spirit – love of school, love of house
- To generate a climate of healthy and vibrant competition
- To provide a clear link to co-curricular key school events with a balance across sport, service, cultural and academic activities.