Whether your daughter would be a full boarder or day girl, at Tudor, the aim of our pastoral care is to help your daughters develop into grounded young women with the self-respect to become all that they want to be, the resilience to withstand the pressures of modern life and to face the challenges that come their way head-on.
So, how do we do that? By working together, as a team.
The team consists of the staff, the girls and their parents. They all have an equally important role to play.
The tutor and housemistress, supported by the nurses, the chaplain, counsellors and other staff, make up the pastoral team. Their aim is to provide a safety-net around the girls so they feel confident to take responsible risks, so that they might grow. We constantly encourage them to step up to challenges rather than away from them, whilst providing them with a safe environment to do so. We are acutely aware of the challenges involved in transitioning to a new school but being in small tutor groups, with a tutor who quickly gets to know them, helps enormously. New girls also have a Keeper and an older girl as a buddy to help them settle in, as well as House Staff, who run a programme of specially designed activities.
The girls are an equally vital part of the team. At Tudor we celebrate the individual and work hard to get to know all the girls as individuals. After all, the most basic of human needs is to be recognised and connect to others. As a community we consciously work hard to achieve this. We will listen to the girls whether it is via a survey, a school council meeting or just a chat over laundry. We believe that unless you empower the girls, and allow them to be heard, you cannot expect them to be the strong young women we aim for.
Lastly, but in no way least, are the parents. Parents know their daughters better than anyone else and we welcome contact and communication from them. We are always mindful of what a privilege it is when they give us their daughters to care for, and so the input from them is vital. There are many formal opportunities for parents to contact us, but most of all we welcome the everyday, informal conversations that build the relationships on which we pride ourselves.