The safety and happiness of the children at Kenton College is our prime concern. A child who feels secure and at ease will be in a positive frame of mind for learning. As well as helping children to achieve their academic potential, we intend that they leave us as fully rounded individuals, happy and confident to meet the challenges of the next stage of their lives.
All our staff are concerned with the pastoral care of pupils, but the first point of contact in most cases is the form teacher. This is particularly the case with junior forms, who have the majority of lessons with their form teacher. In the senior school, form teachers register their classes daily and have form time and a PSHE lesson with them once a week.
Form teachers build a positive relationship with each pupil in the form and encourage positive relationships between the pupils themselves. PSHE is an obvious opportunity to discuss social issues and explore ways to develop positive attitudes and behaviour, but all activities at Kenton, are organised with this all important aim in mind. Form teachers are also concerned with monitoring the day to day organisation of the class: taking the register, checking uniform and equipment, monitoring effort grades, merits and non-merits and chasing up absences. Form teachers also write a report twice yearly on each child’s behaviour, attitude and social involvement at Kenton.
In the event of a disciplinary or social issue, another member of staff will make the form teacher aware and at that point the form teacher may take the matter further. The next point of contact for juniors is the Head of Juniors and for seniors the Deputy Head Pastoral. From there, issues would be taken, if necessary to the Headmistress.
At Kenton, we encourage regular communication with parents. It is very helpful if parents follow the lines of communication described above: form teacher, then Head of Juniors or Deputy Head Pastoral, then the Headmistress.