Pastoral Care


The happiness, well-being and success of each individual is central to all we do at Elizabeth College.

We believe every student should enjoy and make the very most of their learning in the classroom, but should also be actively encouraged to find their niche beyond the curriculum. A good education will encourage children to take risks, to participate in new activities and to be open to new ideas. They should leave with the confidence and skills to play leading roles in society.

From when children start at Elizabeth College in the Junior School, right through to when they leave us after sixth from, we aim:
  • To create a caring environment where students are valued for who they are, not just for what they currently contribute;
  • To ensure every student has the self-confidence to tackle both academic and personal challenges;
  • To provide students with opportunities for involvement, leadership and service;
  • To encourage students to exercise individual and social responsibility;
  • To ensure that each student has access to personal, vocational and academic guidance and support, where necessary; and
  • To establish and maintain excellent communication with every parent, so that together we can help prepare students for adult life.


Pastoral care is the responsibility of the whole school community. The way we talk, interact and teach all contribute to the quality of our care.

To ensure all of our students are appropriately supported we have structures in place to make sure everyone in our community thrives. For our students from 2 ½  to 18 years old, there is regular communication with parents. Across all year groups contact books and the use of the student diary is paramount. Email, phone calls and the occasional meeting are also encouraged. In addition to the regular parents’ evenings, there are pastoral information evenings to ensure the school is working with parents on issues of pastoral care and academic progress.

Pastoral tracking between the three school sites at Elizabeth College (Acorn House, Beechwood and the Upper School) ensures that the often difficult transition phases for students are as smooth as possible. In addition, there is a Welfare Management Team that includes the Child Protection Officers from the Junior and Upper Schools.

For our younger children class teachers are the first point of contact for parents and students. Class teachers are in turn supported by the Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral), who has overall responsibility for the well-being of the students at Elizabeth College Junior School, while the Headteacher is kept informed of all Pastoral matters.

As students move up through the school their tutor becomes responsible for the pastoral and academic well-being of their tutees. Heads of Year, with the support of the Assistant Principal (Pastoral), oversee a team of tutors. Tutors and Heads of Year are encouraged to be in contact with parents on a regular basis.

The School Nurse and the College Chaplain visit weekly and provide additional support to all of our students and staff.