Pastoral care is an umbrella term for the array of opportunities and support available to ensure all our students thrive as part of our SHS community. At Shrewsbury High we have taken every care to ensure a thoroughly embedded support system for our pupils.
The layers of support around our girls is the key to our successful pastoral work in school. From our tutors and co-tutors, working as a team with the Head of Stage/Head of Key Stage, the students have support from the moment they walk into school in the morning. This means that all our staff are pastoral staff: our work is about the whole community, from the front office staff on the end of the phone, to the catering team and the teachers, we are all here for the girls.
“This is the school that has taught me to believe in myself, be committed, courageous, confident and composed and to believe that I leave here with the capability to make a difference”. (SHS alumna)
For specialist support, our School Counsellor and School Nurse are on hand throughout the day. Our Heads of Stage have specific training and experience relating to supporting the development of young girls to young women, so that they are able to respond to each year group to the best of our ability.
Communication is at the heart of all our pastoral care, whether it be between pupils themselves, teachers and pupils or between the school and our parents. Throughout the term, pupils are invited in with their forms for tea and cake with the Head and whilst parents are always able to contact their child’s form tutors and Head of Stage, we also host regular parent breakfasts with members of our Senior Leadership team for parents to come for an informal chat or ask more specific questions.