St Helen’s provides a warm, friendly and supportive environment where every pupil is known, respected and celebrated for who she is. The happiness and wellbeing of each student is at the heart of all that we do. Our ethos is one of self-respect, tolerance and kindness.
All staff are involved in caring for, and, supporting our pupils. Each pupil is a member of a small, cohesive form group with a designated form teacher (Prep School) or tutor (Senior School). Each section of the school has a Phase Leader (Prep) or Head of Section (Senior School) and the system of pastoral care is over seen by the Pastoral Deputy Head. This experienced team is responsible for each pupil’s wellbeing and staff work in close partnership with parents to enable each pupil to flourish.
As girls get older and are more able to identify and articulate their needs, we encourage them to take ownership of their own wellbeing in preparation for life beyond the caring and safe environment of St Helen’s. Parents have regular opportunities to meet with teachers and are also welcome to communicate with them by email. Parents are invited regularly to meet together to share ideas and gain an insight into issues and challenges facing young people.
Our bespoke PSHCE programme runs throughout the school dealing with age-appropriate topics and issues and is an important part of the pupil’s education. In Early Years for example, we cover ‘People who help us’ and the girls have the opportunity to meet people such as our local policeman, a dentist and the fire service. In older Prep Years we cover topics such as democracy and the safe use of technology while in Senior School topics include subjects such as asylum seekers, refugees and Parliament Week. In all sections of the school this teaching time can also be used to respond to issues that are relevant for a particular class at a particular time. Our programme is reviewed annually and led by the PSHCE coordinators who respond to the needs of the pupil body.