Pastoral Care and Chapters
The pastoral care of all pupils is managed by year group Pastoral Teams. These teams consist of an Administrator, Form Tutors/Class teachers, a Head of Year/Phase Leader and are overseen by an Assistant Principal and Vice Principal - Head of School.
Tutors see their tutees twice daily and Class teachers remain with their groups all day. A child in the First School or lower end of Middle School will have the same class teacher for the year. As they progress through the Middle School and on into our Senior School we implement phase based tutor groupings which mean that children stay with their tutor for more than a single year. This means that tutors know their tutees exceptionally well and can form strong relationships with them. For this reason your child’s class teacher or tutor should always be your first point of contact within the school as they will be the person who knows your child best and can deal with most issues that may arise.
The Head of Year or Phase Leader manages the day-to-day pastoral care of pupils in their year group(s) by leading the year group(s) team. If you have any initial concerns regarding your child’s welfare, it is likely they will have already been raised through your child’s class teacher or tutor. Should the concern need to go further, the class teacher/tutor will then refer the concern to the Head of Year/ Phase Leader.
All serious issues are dealt with by Mrs Watson (Vice Principal - Head of First and Middle School) and Mr Nicholson (Vice Principal - Head of Senior School and Sixth Form). They are supported by Assistant Principals (Mr Robertson, Mrs Stewart and Mr Clarke) and everything is overseen by The Principal, Mr Sanderson.
At Kings Priory School, a high priority is given to ensuring that each pupil feels a sense of ownership and belonging as part of a ‘family’. With this in mind our school is sub-organised into Chapters. Each pupil belongs to a Chapter which is his/her school 'family'.
There are four Chapters at Kings Priory School:
- Barfleur (yellow)
- Dunelm (red)
- Hotspur (green)
- Provost (blue)
It is our mission to ensure that every young person feels valued, well cared for and safe. Chapters play a key role in developing the skills and personal qualities of every child, driving aspirations and ambition and embedding the culture and ethos of a Woodard academy.
Each pupil’s Chapter experience helps to ensure the development of wider key skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving, alongside a sense of self-worth, positive attitudes and behaviour and a high degree of self-discipline.
In the First School pupils wear plastic pin badges with their Chapter's colour. In the Middle and Senior School, boys wear a Chapter tie and girls were metal pin badges to denote their Chapter.
Chapters come together for various activities across the year including sport, music, various competitions and other extra-curricular activities.