Pastoral Care

Values and Aims

We embrace the values of the GDST: Girls First; Networked; Bold; Principled. To find out more about the ethos of the GDST, please see http://www.gdst.net

In addition, at Northampton High School, we aim to create a stimulating, caring, happy school where girls realise their academic, creative and athletic potential and achieve success at each stage of their education. Curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm for learning are encouraged, along with independent and logical thought. Confidence, self-discipline and the ability to communicate effectively are developed.

The needs of the individual, the school and the community are respected and appreciated. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each girl is nurtured.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is at the forefront of what we do in school and our aim is for every girl to be happy and to thrive here. The three-way partnership between parents, pupils and school is vital to make this happen and to provide a firm foundation upon which all girls can grow.

 
 

Northampton High School has always placed great emphasis on girls’ wellbeing. The ISI report a couple of years ago reflected this:

Pastoral care is outstanding, with effective measures in place to ensure that girls are well supported, securely safeguarded and encouraged to embrace opportunities.

Also, the Good Schools Guide summed up the school by saying:

A happy and high-achieving school that nurtures and educates girls throughout those all-important teenage years. School prospectus says ‘kindness, courtesy, service and fun go hand in hand with striving for academic success’ and pupils certainly bear this out.

Growing up is a wonderful time of discovery but the teenage years can sometimes bring anxieties and worries that girls need help in overcoming, particularly as we live in an increasingly complex social environment.We have a wide range of strategies in place to help girls through the adolescent years, including tutors’ and Heads of Schools’ support, the PSHCE programme, expert talks for girls and parents, counselling provided by the School Nurse and an independent professional Counsellor and a very successful Big Sister, Little Sister peer-mentoring scheme.

As well as the PSHCE programme for years 7-9, and the Life Skills/Careers circus for years 10/11, time is available for individual tutorials for tutors to provide pastoral care that supports the girls' welfare and gives them guidance as they deal with the challenges of growing up. Tutorial interviews have prescribed content at various times of the year e.g. reviewing reports, but every half term - six times a year - a tutor sees tutees individually and asks formally about their welfare in order to share any concerns the girls may have and enable them to be addressed at an early stage. This high level of pastoral care given by tutors is very much appreciated by girls who frequently comment on how helpful the assistance of their tutor has been.