Right from the very beginning of their WGS journey, our students’ happiness is paramount. Pastoral care is one of our highest priorities, with students’ development, learning and welfare being at the heart of everything we do. In the Junior School, pastoral care is looked after by Ms Stanton and in the Senior School Miss Jones, Assistant Head (Pastoral), is dedicated to overseeing the care and support offered to senior students. She is supported by a wider Wellbeing team.
Mr Birch, Head of Year 7, soon becomes a familiar face to all families joining our Senior School. In this first year of transition, he is responsible for helping Year 7s to integrate into the School and looks after the students’ development and welfare.
Moving up to Year 8, students are assigned to one of 4 Houses and our Heads of House, supported by their Assistant Heads of House, are responsible for the happiness of students and retain oversight of their journey from Year 8 right through to Upper Sixth.
Student Peer Supporters work with Miss Jones and Mrs Abbi to provide support to students in addition to the channels of communication provided by staff. They can be found at lunch and breaktimes in the Learning Hub. In addition 2 Sixth Form prefects offer dedicated support and mentorship to Year 7.
At the upper end of the School, pastoral responsibilities are shared within the Sixth Form team and support the work of the House Heads.
Students in all year groups are taught by a specialist group of teachers in the Wellbeing Department, and introduced to topics such as forming positive friendships, diversity, online and real-world safety, mental and physical health, first aid, personal finance and much more. This is enhanced by a group of guest speakers and enrichment activities and overseen by Mrs Keeley, Head of Wellbeing.
Mrs Abbi, School Counsellor, offers an in-house one-to-one counselling service as well as covering extra topics as requested by students, such as exam drop-in support, and self-confidence, self-esteem and assertiveness workshops.
Students join us from all sorts of different backgrounds, cultures and schools. We celebrate our diverse student and staff body and foster a sense of community and belonging at Wolverhampton Grammar School so that everyone feels valued.