Pastoral Life

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Every child is different

School life is fun, challenging and fulfilling, but there will always be times when support is required to comfort, assist and ease them through the difficult and stressful times. Different situations will have different effects on every student, whether it be personal or School-based, and after hundreds of years of caring for youngsters here at Rugby, we have gained practical and valuable experience.

Our Ethos

The ethos at Rugby, that the whole person is the whole point, is undeniably apparent within our excellent, seamless House structure. The role of Housemaster or Housemistress as head of the ‘family’ is to create and maintain a happy and balanced home with the able support of their deputy and the Matron. These staff are all resident in the boarding Houses, and in day Houses, the only difference is the students and staff return home to sleep. Totally committed to the well-being of their young people, this nucleus of staff provide dedicated care that is second to none.

‘The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent. They report that their high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem are seeded in the secure support of their boarding and day houses’ – ISI Report, 2022


In addition to this secure home from home experience, every child is assigned a tutor, everyone across the School has a weekly tutorial period – a structured programme of sessions involving careers advice, skills development, coaching and Personal Social Health and Economic education (PSHE). Sessions are led by tutors, in-house experts and also external speakers specialising in their particular field of care. Age appropriate subjects are wide ranging, but pertinent, on such topics as the science of sleep, eating disorders, drugs and managing finances.

Parents are encouraged to be involved and the tutorial scheme is published via the internal Parent Portal, our one stop shop for all communication relevant to each child.


Rugby School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is Liz Sale, Head of Safeguarding contact: or on 01788 556 350

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Lara Hampton, contact: or on 01788 556188 and Peter Bell, contact: or 01788 556172

Rugby School’s Safeguarding Policy, which contains contact details for all staff specifically responsible for child protection, can be found here

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