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Pastoral care

At Cobham, we look after not just our students’ academic education, but support and nurture the development of the whole person.

Looking after students’ emotional and physical well-being forms the essence of our pastoral care practices. As a small school where everyone knows everyone, we have a natural advantage in providing excellent, individual care for all our girls.

Pastorally the school is divided into three sections: Lower School (Years 7 and 8), Middle School (Years 9, 10 and 11) and Sixth Form (Pre-IB and Years 12 and 13).  A Senior Tutor is responsible for Lower School and another for Middle School, while the Head of Sixth Form has overall responsibility for the oldest girls. They all meet regularly with their respective team of tutors.

Each student belongs to a Form Group of between 9 and 15 girls, with a Form Tutor who keeps an eye on the progress and behaviour of all his or her tutees. Form Groups are “vertical” – they are composed of girls from different year groups within the same section.  This promotes friendships between year groups and encourages older girls to support younger ones.

Girls from Year 10 upwards can be official peer mentors to younger students. They are given full training, and are supported in their role by teachers and pastoral staff.

In boarding Housemistresses get to know all of their boarders well as they are each responsible for a small group. Good relationships between Housemistresses and their charges mean that girls feel comfortable confiding in their Housemistress. House staff work together with teachers and tutors to ensure the best care for all students. Students have access to Independent Listeners if they wish to confide in someone not within the school.

Girls also participate in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons as part of their timetabled lessons in which they explore issues that they are likely to face as they head towards adulthood and beyond.

“Pastoral care is excellent.”
– Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, February 2015.