Pastoral Care

We believe that by providing outstanding pastoral care, pupils will thrive and achieve great results: a happy child is a learning child.

A happy child is a learning child

This is evidenced by 95-100% of our recent GCSE students achieving 5 or more GCSEs, grades 4-9 with 50% of all grades at the top level, earning us a place in The Sunday Times Top 100 and many of our Prep children achieving well above national age-related expectations by the end of KS2.

However, at Sancton Wood there is more to school life than tests and we simply ensure we provide our children with a memorable and happy school life; if we do this, the results follow.

A supportive environment

Our smaller class sizes mean that we can really get to know and spend time with each individual child. We get to know what motivates them, what pace they work at and what approach suits their talents and personality. We foster excellent relationships and can quickly identify and react to areas in which they may need support.

Our students play a brilliant role in creating a warm, welcoming, inclusive, happy environment. New students are partnered with buddies for an immediate introduction to friendship groups and peer support and on rare occasions, our anti-bullying support team are on hand to provide advice and meaningful action.

PSHCE lessons enable the children to develop resilience when facing change. The nurturing ethos and family environment of the school creates an atmosphere where children are confident to share their worries and to access pastoral care. Our school dog Blue supports children with their reading and any anxieties.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Our SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Pastoral Care) was given the top grade ‘excellent’ and ISI inspectors commented, ‘Comprehensive strategies ensure that, in accordance with the schools’ aims, pupils leave the schools confident, well rounded, self assured and have a good self knowledge. Parents and pupils are highly satisfied.’

‘The outstanding pastoral arrangements ensure that pupils understand and exercise the values of honesty, courtesy and respect for themselves and others. Staff know the pupils well and provide excellent pastoral support.’
ISI, February 2016
'The quality of the personal development of the pupils is excellent and is effectively promoted by strong relationships and the school’s ethos.'
ISI, 2015
'The quality of pastoral care is excellent.'
ISI, 2015