Reminder: School is closed on Friday 8th December for INSET Day. School resumes on Monday 11th December at the normal time.
Pastoral care is the foundation of our success.
Students highly value our positive learning environment and pastoral care. Ofsted recognised this during our last inspection, commenting:
Pupils receive a high quality of pastoral care."
Pupils feel safe in school. They are not worried about bullying. Pupils say that if they are upset at any time, they have a trusted adult they can go to who will sort it out. The school is always calm and orderly."
Pupils at Windsor High School and Sixth Form flourish. Leaders set high expectations of what pupils can achieve academically and socially. Pupils realise these expectations."
Our pastoral care system supports and promotes the shared values and aims of 'Excellence for All’. It is an integral part of the life of the school, underpinning the academic work of the school, and working tirelessly to remove barriers to learning.
Our committed team of professionals in school work closely with all stakeholders and external agencies to ensure students can fulfil their academic potential whilst also flourishing as well rounded individuals.
The Windsor Way promotes the shared values of respect and responsibility and is vibrant across our school community. We embrace equality and diversity across the school with British Values celebrated every day (as set out in our Promoting Life in Modern Britain policy).
Safeguarding and child protection are central to the pastoral system as we believe only safe and happy students will truly fulfil their potential.
Our pastoral structure is based on vertical house teams led by a Head of House. Each House consists of two tutor groups from each year group. The Head of House leads half-termly meetings with House Tutors to share good pastoral practice. There are regular House Assemblies which focus on raising aspirations and developing emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.
Pastoral Managers support the five Heads of House, and we have experienced members of staff who have a responsibility to support vulnerable students.
The vertical organisation of the Houses is a real strength. It provides the Head of House with a whole school role and shares responsibility at crucial times, such as Options in Year 9. The benefits of older students working with younger students and mixed age assemblies are enormous in promoting cohesion and unity across the school.
Senior staff and members of the Leadership Team have responsibility for Lower School and Upper School, as well as student wellbeing. All staff report to the Deputy Headteacher for Student Services.
Leading their team in the pursuit of excellence, the Head of House strives to: