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Pastoral Care

We take great pride in the quality of our pastoral care at Hurstmere.  We understand that every pupil is an individual and we work together to ensure that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  We, as a pastoral team, work hard in the pursuit of excellence for every student within the school.

The team works closely with outside agencies, staff and parents alike in order to ensure our pupils are supported consistently throughout their time at Hurstmere. We do not just work with the pupils’ education but with each person as a whole; we aim to develop our pupils into well-rounded young men ready for the outside world once they leave Hurstmere.

Ofsted, 2014 confirmed the strong pastoral support within the school stating ‘Students’ enthusiastic involvement in everything the school has to offer is seen in their mature, courteous behaviour in the classroom and around the school as well as in their keenness to learn. Students are proud to be at the school. All students feel safe and valued.’

The Year System

The main aim of the Year system is to monitor the progress and welfare of every child in the school. It is also the basis for home/school contact.  All pupils are supported by their Form Tutor and Head of Year.

Each year group from 7 – 11, is made up of 8 form groups, and each form group belongs to one of the following houses: Caxton, Chaucer, Cobham and Sidney. Each form group nominates a School Captain, and each house nominates a House Captain. This gives the students the opportunity to represent themselves with a student voice, and the opportunity to belong to a positive community for academic and sporting events.

Students spend time with their form tutors for 20 minutes each day where form time is used in a productive way; ranging from reading, discussing the news, watching documentaries and taking part in quizzes.

Once a fortnight students will have a citizenship lesson which is delivered by their form tutor or Head of Year. Students have a very positive relationship with their form tutors and this creates an atmosphere of trust and open discussion when dealing with sensitive topics that citizenship can tackle.

Well Being

Hurstmere celebrated Anti-Bullying week this year by launching our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. We are a telling school and truly believe we can support all our pupils when they encounter difficulties with their peers.  The theme of Anti-Bullying Week this year is "Change Starts With Us" and Hurstmere are leading by example by using our wonderful ambassadors to drive a change in our school - to encourage all our pupils to speak more, to each other, to our teachers, and to you, the parents and guardians. 

Every week, all pupils have the opportunity to visit and talk to our ambassadors who are situated in the library on a Wednesday during form time. All of our ambassadors have received training from the Diana Award and will work with each pupil who uses the service to make a plan of action to prevent peer difficulties continuing. A member of the teaching staff will always be present if needed by pupils but we recognise that a lot of pupils would rather talk to their peers for advice and identifying this need allowed us to seek out training for our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from the Diana Award. 

Please encourage your sons to come along if they are struggling with their peers or contact your son's Form Tutor and/or Head of Year if you would like to discuss this further. 

Pastoral Staff

Vice Principal for Pastoral Care: Mr P Brown

Heads of Year:

Senior Leadership Team:

Year 7, Mr B Maher

Mrs S Bayer

Year 8, Mr G Joyce

Mr K Wadsworth

Year 9, Mr J Ball

Mrs S Gallagher

Year 10, Miss R Parris

Mr P Brown

Year 11, Mr A Davis

Mr P Bolter