Pastoral Care

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Ph_usjf_33The happiness, well-being and success of each individual is central to all we do at College. We believe every pupil 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. To facilitate this, we aim to ‘act in accordance with our traditional Christian values and to value manners and a strong sense of service to others to enable our pupils live lives that matter’.

We aim:

(i) To create a caring environment where pupils are valued for who they are, not just for what they currently contribute;
(ii) To ensure every pupil has the self-confidence to tackle both academic and personal challenges;
(iii) To provide pupils with opportunities for involvement, leadership and service;
(iv) To encourage pupils to exercise individual and social responsibility;
(v) To ensure that each pupil has access to personal, vocational and academic guidance and support, where necessary;
(vi) To establish and maintain excellent communication with every parent, so that together we can help prepare pupils for adult life.

The strength of our pastoral system was recognised in the last ISI inspection which found:

Pastoral care is excellent. Teachers provide high-quality support and guidance for the pupils in accordance with the school’s aims, this being reinforced by the excellent relationships which exists between teachers and pupils and amongst the pupils themselves.

Strong personal development is supported by excellent arrangements for welfare, health and safety, and excellent pastoral care.

Excellent pastoral leadership and management oversee the comprehensive care and support and, as a result pupils develop into confident and well-rounded members of the community.

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils throughout the college is excellent.


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 this happens, tutors are responsible for the pastoral and academic well-being of their tutees. Heads of Year, with the support of the Vice-Principal (Pastoral), oversee a team of tutors. The Chaplain and School Nurse provide additional support for pupils and staff.

ph_usjf_th27Tutors and Heads of Year are encouraged to be in contact with parents on a regular basis. In all year groups there is regular communication with parents; the use of the pupil diary, email, phone calls and the occasional meeting are all 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.

Parents are encouraged to be in contact with tutors or Heads of Year if they have any concerns. Parent workshops were introduced in 2011 and are now a regular feature of the school calendar.

The pupils benefit from a very broad education. Assemblies, Wellbeing (PSHE), the School Council, art, drama, music, sport, community work, charity initiatives and international projects all contribute to the personal development of College boys.

At the heart of the College is its Christian foundation; this is reflected clearly in its aims and underpins the education of the pupils. Weekly whole school assemblies led by the Chaplain are at the centre of challenging the pupils about their beliefs, values and responsibilities. Pupils are encouraged to be reflective of their privilege and to appreciate the circumstances of others.

The school is very strong at ensuring pupils find their niche. Cricket, Athletics, Hockey and Football are the main team sports with a number of pupils gaining national recognition in England in recent years. However there is a huge variety of other sports on offer. Fencing (the College has been the British Public Schools Fencing Champions for the last 6 years) is an example of a club that has enabled many pupils to receive coaching of the very highest standard. Drama, Music and Art are flourishing. There also many other less high profile activities available; the model railway club, astronomy, bell ringing, circus skills, sound recording and darts (a recent activity initiated by a Year 7 pupil) are examples of the diversity of clubs run by teachers.

Ph_th_trips_moroccoInternational travel is another important part of personal development, perhaps even more so for pupils living on a small island. The Kenya 450 trip has enabled a large group of sixth formers to visit Kenya every February to work alongside the local community in the Great Rift Valley. Other recent international trips have included Barcelona, Malaysia and Morocco. A number of boys have also participated in the British Exploring expeditions.

The School Council enables pupils to take an active part in school decision-making. Pupils of each year group elect their chosen representatives to the Council. The Council meets five times throughout the year and is chaired by the Senior Prefect. It is overseen by the Vice-Principal (Pastoral) who acts as an observer. The School Council provides a voice for the pupils and has made many sensible and practical suggestions. Recently they have given invaluable feedback on the new Refectory. The Food Committee meets twice termly to give direct feedback to the Head Chef and Catering Manager.

The Pupil Voice is perhaps best heard through ‘Tutor review’ weeks where pupils are asked to consider various school issues in their tutor groups. The findings are then fed back and considered. A key part of the process is the addressing of their issues and concerns in assemblies.

The College prides itself on its regular and enthusiastic charity work. The Senior Prefect team lead the charity fundraising. There have also been a number of initiatives by younger pupils; for example a Year 7 class raised money and awareness for MUG through a multi-activity sponsored relay. All fund raising is seen as an opportunity to learn more about our privilege of living in Guernsey and the responsibility we have towards both local and global communities. Fund raising has involved raising money for local charities such as Les Bourg Hospice, Help a Guernsey Child and MUG.  It has also involved local charities with an international outreach such as the Tumaini Fund (supporting AIDS orphans in Tanzania).

Other projects have included Cricket 4 Change (a blind cricket match between staff and pupils was the centre piece to this day), LEPRA, the Surovi School in Bangladesh and the Khon Kaen Boy’s School in Thailand. The CCF regularly provides cadets and logistical support at various annual charitable fund raising events on behalf of Cancer Research, Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and the Everest Challenge. The ‘community service’ option on a Friday afternoon allows a number of Year 11 to Year 13 boys to be practically involved in the local community.

As part of the Pastoral Care provision, all pupils at Elizabeth College study our Wellbeing course in years 7 and 8. The ideas and ethos of ‘Wellbeing’ are then developed throughout their time at College, both in lessons and assemblies. In years 9 to 11, Wellbeing is delivered through ‘Collapsed Curriculum Days’. In Year 7, the course is based around James Shone’s ideas of ‘I can and I am’ with the goal of pupils leaving school with a ‘developed sense of self-belief’ in who they are and what they can do. There is an increasing focus on the ideas of resilience, growth mindset, an understanding of multiple intelligences and character traits such as grit, curiosity, zest, social intelligence, gratitude, optimism and compassion. We are also using some of the resources of the Jubilee Centre to educate ‘character’, with the idea that character is ‘taught as well as caught’. The three character virtues (Civic, Moral and Performance) will increasingly provide focus throughout the Wellbeing course.

Wellbeing is intended to enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. It is intended to equip pupils with the tools needed to lead successful and healthy lives, both personally and in their chosen career. Various outside speakers contribute to the Wellbeing curriculum and the course deals with a wide range of themes: digital ethics and safe internet use, relationships, alcohol and smoking, finance, relationships, nutrition, morality, first aid, diversity, politics, the justice system, employment and sexual health throughout their time at the school.