Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

“My favourite thing about WGS is the community, this school has felt like a second family to me. The students and teachers treat each other with kindness and respect.”

Nimrah, Lower Sixth Student

Entering Sixth Form is another big step in your educational journey and you may need some support to help you settle, particularly if you are joining from another school. Rest assured, there is plenty on offer to make the transition to our upper years seamless. The Sixth Form team are based within the Sixth Form Centre and are always on hand.

In addition, Sixth Formers have two dedicated tutors who they see twice a day – their primary responsibility is to care for their tutees; to provide support and guidance and build positive, strong relationships within the tutor group. 

The House system which is at the centre of school life further enhances our outstanding pastoral care, enabling students to build relationships across year-groups. The House system spans Years 8 to Upper Sixth and by doing so, encourages reciprocal opportunities for leadership, mentoring advice and support between students of different ages. The tutor group becomes part of a larger House family made up of Heads of House and Assistant Heads of House, House tutors, staff and students.

From time to time Sixth Formers may meet with School Counsellor, Mrs Abbi, for one-to-one appointments or for exam drop-in sessions and other workshops. Mrs Keeley, Head of Wellbeing, also arranges guest speakers and covers topics within the Wellbeing curriculum that help students with wider issues such as healthy eating, mental health, first aid, personal safety, personal finance and interview techniques to name but a few. This helps with building life skills alongside academic study and builds self-confidence and self-esteem. Supported by the Sixth Form team, Mr Villafrati provides an important link and positive voice for students, monitoring student satisfaction and wellbeing, developing mentoring programmes and promoting the extra-curricular life of Sixth Form students.

Our Sixth Form team are always on hand

Proud to be one of the oldest schools in the country but forward-looking in our approach.