St. Catherine’s is well known for its strong pastoral care, which rests on the warm, trusting relationships between staff, girls and parents.
The Form Tutor
Each girl has a Form Tutor, who is the primary contact for her and her parents. The Form Tutor maintains an overview of each girl’s progress, both academic and personal, as well as providing day-to-day pastoral care. Each Form Tutor is supported by an Assistant Tutor who will also form a strong, supportive bond with the girls in his or her Form.
The Pastoral Head of Lower and Middle School
The Pastoral Heads of Lower and Middle School have the academic and pastoral overview of all students in his/her allocated cohort, working closely with the Form Tutors and Assistant Tutors. The Pastoral Head also takes a lead role in running any events relating to his/her cohort. The Pastoral Heads can be contacted by parents over any concerns they may have relating to their daughter or her cohort.
Each girl is a member of a tutor group, comprising girls in both Year 12 and Year 13. Each Sixth Form tutor is highly experienced, and tutor groups are deliberately small. This means that every girl can receive individual help and attention, whether she is feeling exam pressure or needs help crafting her UCAS personal statement. The tutor maintains a close overview of the academic and pastoral development of each girl. Through regular one-to-one meetings with both her tutor and the Head of Sixth Form, each girl is able to have any concerns addressed at an early stage.
The Independent Listener
All girls are able to make private, confidential appointments with our Independent Listener, Mrs Hird, who is a qualified counsellor.
The Deputy Head
The Deputy Head works closely with the Independent Listener, Pastoral Heads of Key Stage and the Headmistress to maintain a detailed pastoral overview of all girls in the Senior School and to provide support to girls and parents as required.
PSHE is delivered primarily in weekly, timetabled lessons, and is supplemented by a number of specialist sessions throughout the year. Topics covered include:
- Online safety;
- Drugs and alcohol education;
- Emotional resilience;
- Relationships and Sex education.
We are also pleased to offer termly talks for parents on a range of topics.
Our PSHE provision is regularly reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of our students in an ever-changing world, and parents are welcome to contact the Deputy Head or their daughter’s Pastoral Head if they have any queries.
Safeguarding our students and protecting them from harm is the School’s highest priority. A copy of our Safeguarding Policy can be found on the website in the Policies section, which also provides details of how to contact the Designated Safeguarding Leads. If you wish to report a safeguarding concern, you can contact the team via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.