Ready, Respectful, Safe and Successful

Our pastoral care underpins all aspects of school and boarding life. We strive to get to know every student and ensure that they are individually valued and supported. At Mary Hare, every adult has a responsibility for our pupils’ welfare and safety. Our Pastoral Team is key in liaising with home and school and provides a vital link, ensuring that school and home can work together to support each child.

As a community we promote our ethos of being:
• Ready
• Respectful
• Safe
• Successful

Our pastoral care system is led by our Vice Principal for Pastoral Care, working closely with the Director of Care, to ensure the pupils are being supported throughout the school day and beyond. This system has a structure which is based on year groups and a dedicated Head of Year who oversees Form Tutors. In Sixth Form, this is an Assistant Principal supported by the Deputy Head of Year. Within the houses pupils have key workers who liaise with the staff in school who are important to the children.

In addition there is a dedicated Wellbeing Team who work across school and care and a growing Pastoral Support team. Pupils see their form tutors every morning and afternoon. Tutors have access to information about students’ achievements and records and are a first point of contact for parents who have questions about academic progress or effort. Sixth Form students see their tutor once a week in a form period. Whole school assemblies are where we often celebrate pupil achievements and the Principal recognises extra special efforts or achievements with a commendation. Daily assemblies are pupil led and each form group has a responsibility to deliver an assembly to their year group.

House System

Each student and staff member is a member of one of four houses: Mary Hare, Braidwood, Beverley and Arnold. The houses are a powerful and effective way for students to feel part of the school. It supports an extra-curricular programme and creates many opportunities for students to participate in school life as they take part in house competitions and events and develop relationships across all age groups throughout the school.