The physical and emotional wellbeing of our pupils is founded in the pastoral care of the boarding houses. Pupils benefit from the care of Housemistresses, Housemasters and Matron, and regularly meet with their Tutors to discuss their progress.

Alongside the houses, the Medical Centre with trained permanent staff provides daily clinics with the College Doctor and colleagues from the local practice (Chapel Row) look after the pupils’ health.

Great emphasis is placed on mental health with a retained psychologist, qualified counsellors and independent listeners available for consultation. Staff are trained in mental health first aid and we pride ourselves on being a ‘talking school’ where pupils can feel comfortable expressing their emotions.

The College Chaplain presides over our services and leads the pupils in prayer and discussions of faith, leading the spiritual life of the College. He provides positive support for people of all denominations and faiths and is another key member of the pastoral team.


Wellbeing in the curriculum is taught via one 40 minute lesson per week in the Lower School (Years 9-11) and is supplemented with a programme of enrichment talks and workshops. The aim of the programme is to equip our pupils with the skills to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing.

As well as elements of health education and citizenship, the course covers moral and social issues including sex education, peer pressure and drugs and alcohol. To enable our pupils to develop resilience and strategies to cope with the world today, the curriculum also explores emotional intelligence, e-safety, mental health, exam anxiety and relaxation techniques.

Through the programme, our pupils learn about themselves and others as they take increasing responsibility for their own lives, their choices and their wellbeing. Simultaneously, we help them to become more aware of the views, needs and rights of people of all ages.


Designated safeguarding lead
Sarah Davies BA, Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Deputy designated safeguarding leads
Stuart Williams MA, Director of Compliance
Neil Burch MSci, Deputy Head (Academic)
Vicki Rae RGN, Director of Wellbeing

For all of the College’s Safeguarding and Child Protection polices, please see our Policies page.