Ages 11 - 18
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Ages 3 - 11
Pastoral Care - Caring for the Individual
At Kent College the supportive and kind atmosphere is immediately obvious from the moment a prospective pupil walks through the door. Pastoral care is at the heart of everything we do. There is a strong holistic approach to looking after the well-being of the girls in our care, and all members of the community are alert to any problems a girl might be having. We are proud of the "outstanding” rating for pastoral care awarded by the ISI at our last inspection - we know every member of our school community is valued, respected and nurtured. We firmly believe that if a girl is happy and confident socially, she will do well in her academic studies.
There is a strong and attentive system in place to ensure all girls are supported throughout their life at Kent College, academically, socially, physically, culturally and spiritually.
"Pupils are thoughtful and compassionate, with a well-developed understanding of right and wrong and a high degree of emotional maturity." ISI Report 2016
Every girl is under the care of a form tutor, along with her housemistress in the case of a boarder, with whom she spends a good deal of time each week. It is usually to this tutor she will turn if she needs help with resolving any issues or difficulties. The tutor is usually also the first port of call for any parents with a query or concern. The teaching staff liaise regularly with the tutors ensuring that no girl goes unnoticed and that her achievements and efforts are celebrated. There are also three assistant heads (Lower School, Middle School and Sixth Form) who have an extensive knowledge of all the girls in their charge and who work to ensure all girls are as happy and as successful as they can be.
"The arrangements to secure the pupils' welfare, health and safety are excellent." ISI Report 2016
All girls joining Kent College in Years 7 and 9 are invited in to meet their new classmates late in the summer term so that they are able to begin the process of getting to know each other through an afternoon of games and activities. We hold many events in advance of joining Kent College which encourages new pupils to familiarise themselves with the school site and the KC way of life. We find that most of our new pupils have made new friends a while before they have started Kent College.
Divisional meetings are held on a regular basis and enable form tutors and assistant heads to work closely together on issues of concern relating to their particular year groups, to provide support for individual girls and to ensure the routines and procedures of the school day work effectively.
Our trained medical staff are on site during the academic day and additionally the girls may speak with an independent counsellor if they feel there are personal issues that she could help them deal with. Our Chaplain is also available to speak with students at any time.
Girls in the Lower and Middle School are also supported by a team of elected Sixth Form prefects who provide guidance and a friendly helping hand on a regular basis. The younger girls enjoy having a "big sister” relationship with the older girls and it is wonderful to see a Year 7 chatting informally in the dining room with a member of the Lower Sixth. The family-like atmosphere pervades throughout the whole school.
Whole school gatherings also foster the sense of community spirit for which Kent College is known. There are regular weekly assemblies where the whole of the Senior School meets together. These are led by the Headmistress, the school Chaplain, senior members of staff or form groups and offer a variety of thought-provoking presentations. Twice a week each form has an extended form period where tutors have time to discuss grades or reports, prepare for assemblies or fundraising activities or simply to chat together about issues that are important to the girls.
"Pupils are self-confident, outward-looking individuals and, on leaving the school, they have strong self-esteem and demonstrate an excellent standard of personal development." ISI Report 2016
Each girl is a member of one of our three house teams - Celts, Danes or Saxons. House assemblies are held regularly and give girls from different year groups the chance to get to know each other and work as a team to earn their house points from various events, in addition to those awarded by academic staff. Each house elects two 'Heads of House' from the Sixth Form and this generates a spirit of competitive, yet friendly, rivalry.
The Wesley Badge
To emphasise the importance of kindness, care and consideration amongst the members of the community, the girls may nominate their peers to receive The Wesley Badge. Named after the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, this coveted badge is awarded three times a year in celebration of a girl’s upholding of the values so beautifully expressed in his prayer.
Tutorial Programme – Lower School
The true measure of a nation’s standing is how well it attends to its children – their health and safety, their material security, their education and socialization, and their sense of being loved, valued and included in the families into which they are born. (UNICEF 2007)
In addition to the monitoring of the girls’ academic progress, the overseeing of girls’ involvement in extra-curricular activities, the planning of form assemblies and the day-to-day business of the form, the tutors plan and deliver a flexible programme of activities for the girls during tutor time. The emphasis of these sessions is that of personal well- being and resilience.
In Year 7 the programme includes "Positive Self” and "Positive Body”, with the emphasis on the nature of happiness, confidence and the maintaining of a healthy body.
In Year 8 the programme includes "Positive Emotions” and "Positive Mindset”, with a study of dealing with negativity and embracing positivity enthusiastically.
In Year 9 the programme includes "Positive Direction” and "Positive Relationships” and girls are encouraged to think about goal setting, time-management and self-motivation.
Tutorial Programme – Middle School
Form sessions in the Middle School at Kent College focus on a number of issues. Tutors will often use this time to speak directly with their form groups about issues that either affect the school community or the wider world. Each term, weekly discussion points are shared with form groups who then often have in depth discussions about issues such as charity, internet safety and anxiety. Form time is also the perfect opportunity for tutors to talk through grades and work with their tutees to ensure that they achieve the very best in their GCSE subjects.Every year, each form group throughout the school will give a whole school assembly on an issue they feel passionate about. Previous Middle School form assemblies have included Equality, Stereotyping, International Men’s Day, Thanksgiving and Role Models.
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