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    Seniors Pastoral Care

    Polam Hall’s commitment to an excellent standard of pastoral care is something that has been highly commended in inspection reports over the years. We have effective mentoring systems in place that, when coupled with our academic approach towards independent learning, account for the high levels of self-confidence found among our pupils.

    Our most recent inspection from the Independent Schools Inspectorate reported:

    “The quality of the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Throughout the school, this is a significant strength; outstanding personaldevelopment is strongly evident in the very high quality of relationships within the supportive school community.

    At all ages the school fulfils its aim to offer first class pastoral care in a safe, responsive community, where self-confidence flourishes and individuals are valued and supported. In all areas, hardworking, committed and caring staff provide outstanding support and guidance. Weekly pastoral meetings ensure that matters of concern are highlighted and responded to quickly.”

    Mentoring roles

    Peer mentoring operates throughout the School and Year 11-13 students can volunteer for formal training where they learn the difference between listening and giving advice and are taught how to ask the right questions to help younger pupils work through issues and come to their own conclusions. Trained pupils wear mentor badges so they can be easily identified – a role which in itself helps them to develop interpersonal skills and encourages compassion and self-confidence.

    Our Seniors are given increased responsibility as they progress through school, from leading assemblies, to escorting visitors around school and helping with the younger children. The fact that we have Juniors on the same site provides unique mentoring roles for Seniors, reflected in the way so many of them rise to the challenge of running house events and competitions. You can learn more about our house system here.