Pastoral care is an acknowledged strength of Talbot Heath and stems from a positive partnership between pupils, parents and staff. The aim of the pastoral system is to support girls as they progress through the school, helping them develop socially, morally and academically. The happiness and wellbeing of all our pupils are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to know everyone as an individual and to provide a secure and caring environment, so that every pupil can enjoy her learning.
From the initial meeting with parents and throughout their education at Talbot Heath, great care is taken to ensure that every girl is respected, cared for and treated as an individual. The whole school maintains a happy, family atmosphere based on mutual respect where pupils learn the skills to live harmoniously, whilst respecting diversity. The welfare of the girls is of paramount importance to us and it is the responsibility of all members of staff, teaching and non-teaching, to safeguard and promote it
The pastoral team consists of well qualified nurses, a counsellor, boarding house staff, Learning Support Co-ordinator, senior pastoral staff and tutors. It is led by an experienced Deputy Head. The PSRE teachers also work closely with the team. We have established good links with external agencies
Girls are allocated to a tutor group and their form tutor who has twice daily contact with the group is able to help with the pupils’ personal daily organisation, deal with any concerns that may arise and monitor the academic and social progress of their tutees within school. The pupils get a feeling of belonging and their self-esteem grows because they know they are valued. Older girls act as mentors to younger girls and tutor groups have form prefects who get to know the younger pupils and this helps foster a sense of cohesion between the different year groups in the School. Teaching and support staff get to know the girls really well and they encourage and support them throughout their time at Talbot Heath. All staff are ready to respond promptly to queries and concerns raised by girls and their parents. Girls are treated as individuals and their talents are nurtured so that they flourish and reach their potential in all areas, pastoral, social and academic.
Efficient systems are in place to ensure that all of the girls are able to socialise happily with their peers and our PSE and citizenship lessons help to prepare the pupils to contribute positively to all aspects of school life and the wider community. We provide an outstanding range of opportunities for the girls' personal development and to help them consolidate a system of spiritual beliefs and a moral code. There are a wide variety of clubs taking place in lunchtime and after school as well as whole school events like festivals and lectures.