Guidance and The House System
Wellington School is a caring community where young people flourish. We consider the happiness and wellbeing of each child to be of paramount importance in the development of the well-rounded young person.
The school’s established pastoral care system ensures that each child is well known as an individual, and that each receives continuous support and encouragement in his or her personal and social development. Guidance and the House system are intrinsically linked, giving all pupils opportunities to fully participate in school life and a strong sense of belonging.
The House system and pastoral care are fully integrated from S1 to S6. Pupils are allocated to a House Form Group in each year, giving them a sense of belonging and shared responsibility. As they move up the school, more emphasis is placed on the development of personal skills, initiative and community spirit.
The roles of the Head of Year and Form Tutor are important at Wellington. The relevant Head of Year is the main point of contact and is the person who has the responsibility for overseeing both the academic and the pastoral wellbeing of pupils. Straightforward day-to-day matters, however, are dealt with by the Form Tutor, who is a regular point of contact each day. Pupils at Wellington normally remain with the same Form Tutor throughout the Senior School and this is a teacher that they get to know and trust, to whom they can turn if they have any difficulties or concerns.
Form Tutors register their forms once a day and S1 to S4 undertake a Personal and Social Education programme in one period a week. Pupils have the opportunity in these classes to discuss their own opinions in a familiar group and develop an awareness of differing points of view.
At crucial points in the Senior School, such as S2, S4 and S5, pupils must choose subjects and make important choices about their future. Parents’ Information Evenings are provided at each of these stages and pupils are given first class support by the Head of Year and other members of the teaching staff.
Matters of concern
Matters of concern should be raised with the Head of Year, who will liaise with other colleagues where appropriate. Pupils are encouraged to seek advice or assistance whenever they require it but parents can contact the Head of Year by telephoning the school on 01292 269321.
Mrs N O’Connell, Wellington School’s Assistant Head (Pastoral) has general oversight of all pupil wellbeing and welfare issues. Mrs O’Connell can be contacted directly on 01292 269321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The House System
Wellington School’s House system places pupils in one of four Houses: Churchill, Curie, Montgomery and Nightingale. New and P1 pupils receive their badge at the beginning of their first term meanwhile children of former pupils are placed in their parent’s House. Siblings are also placed together.
A Junior House Captain is appointed by the Head of the Junior School and the Heads of House select a Captain for their House in S6. The S6 Captain is charged with organising teams and motivating House members at all levels for the year.
Pupils from P4 to S5 earn house-marks for displaying a good attitude in their work, in their behaviour and in the school community. Awarding house-marks nurtures responsibility and ownership in pupils.
Some highlights during the academic year include:
- House Fundraising Days in the Senior School allow pupils of all ages to develop skills in organisation and planning.
- Pupils enjoy regular House meetings in both the Junior and Senior Schools.
- Annual presentation of Best House trophies (both academically and for attitude).
- Inter-House competitions allow most pupils to take part in team events once a term.
- Annual House debating and public-speaking competitions.
- Sports Day is contested with great rivalry at the end of the school year.