Pastoral Care

Why is Pastoral care important?

All Parents want their children to be safe and happy at school. Education and Health are closely linked, and recent studies have shown that students with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically. What is more, life skills, such as those taught in a successful PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) programme, are associated with greater well-being and higher achievement. Good pastoral care in school is also fundamental to the development of character and social skills, which will be of critical importance to students in later life.

How does DGS view Pastoral care for their resident students?

We understand how physical and emotional welfare is the essential foundation upon which learning can take place. We go further than most Schools, with pastoral care extending to every aspect of school life in order to foster students’ personal development as much as their academic progress. We are dedicated to high standards of pastoral care and have put this at the centre of our everyday operations. It is reflected in every aspect of school life, from our ethos, the environment for learning, and the way personal development is fostered in the curriculum and co-curriculum. It is apparent in the staff- student relationships, and how far students are known and treated as individuals by their teachers.

What does pastoral care in a DGS school look like?

DGS has long been committed to a holistic view of education with the School having over24 years’ experience to draw on; not only to how students learn, but also how they develop emotionally. This experience is important for us.

DGS has a selected number of students in each class with 700 students overall.  Staff know students as individuals and care about their progress; the excellent student-teacher relationships contribute to a homely atmosphere. Concerns are noticed and addressed swiftly. Students form strong and supportive friendships.

Which staff are involved in pastoral care?

Our staff has vast experience and are well placed to detect issues such as home sickness, anxiety, peer pressure and bullying. This team is headed by The Head of Boarding and supported by the School Counsellor. Whether or not they have a specific responsibility in this area, every teacher recognises the important pastoral role they have to play. We have long recognised the importance of taking a proactive approach to psychological health, building emotional intelligence and resilience in students through student agency – voice and choice in how they learn.