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Kent College, The Methodist Approach

 

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.

Pastoral Staff

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.

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.

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 18:24
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