The College provides excellent pastoral care, including a strong emphasis on measures to guard against bullying which pupils understand and value.
ISI Report, January 2015
In the Prep School, we pride ourselves on providing a very high standard of pastoral care for all pupils entrusted into our hands.
In partnership with the parents, we seek to provide a Christian education which not only values each pupil personally, but also challenges them to reach the highest standards in spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development. It is in this pursuit that we endeavour to begin to nurture all the qualities of a true Columban, ready to serve society as and when he leaves the College.
The Form Teacher is the key element in supporting the welfare of the pupils. The Form Teacher monitors their academic and social progress, offering guidance and support where needed. The use of specialist teachers ensures depth of subject knowledge and prepares pupils for the senior school.
The Prep School's pastoral programme supports the pupils in developing self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence, through a comprehensive curriculum covering responsibility, citizenship, health and relationships and thinking skills.
The pastoral programme gives both the pupils and teachers an opportunity to discuss and debate current affairs, chat about events going on in the pupils’ lives and sort out day to day issues. This time helps build the bond and understanding between the Form Teacher and his or her pupils.
This programme is further supported by safety awareness training for Prep 6 boys at Crucial Crew, First Aid training for Prep 4 boys and residential trips for Prep 5 to France and Prep 6 to the Lake District.
In everything we do, we remind ourselves that our overriding philosophy is governed by the rule that we treat others as we would like to be treated. In this way, we wish to make every child's experience of the school a very happy and enjoyable one.