Visitors always describe the warmth of the welcome that they receive and the happy atmosphere which exists around school day in, day out. This does not happen by magic. Our staff are caring, hard-working and supportive of the pupils in their care. Pupils also demonstrate a very strong sense of mutual support, which was commented on by the visiting inspectors in our last report. Several groups, such as the Peer Support team and Sixth Form Mentoring team offer additional help when it is needed. Informally, a vast amount of care and support are offered through the House system, within year groups and through shared interests such as music or sport.
Pupils are encouraged to share any concerns they may have and the strong mutually respectful relationship between pupils and staff ensures that those concerns are always listened to and acted upon.
At King Henry VIII School, we are very proud of our pastoral care and behaviour record. We encourage students to adopt the highest standards of behaviour and moral principles and to respect the values and ethos of the school. We believe that positive relationships, excellent manners and a safe and secure learning environment all play a crucial part in developing students who want to learn to succeed and develop intellectual characters such as independence, curiosity, resilience, focus and aspiration.
Behaviour Policy & Code of Conduct Jan 2019 | PDF
Pastoral care takes place in a year group system, with each pupil being supported by a Form Tutor, a Head of Year and a Deputy Head as well. There are around 20 pupils in a typical Year 7-11 Form, whilst numbers are more typically 12 students in a Sixth Form group.
In addition pastoral care is offered by the Chaplain, School Nurse and School Counsellor.
The Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding is Dr Cuthbert, Deputy Head. If Dr Cuthbert is not available, another member of the Senior Management Team, or indeed any member of staff, should be contacted instead.