Pastoral Life

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

‘Diversity is championed with an emphasis on ‘growth and support of individual pupils, encouraging everyone to live a life of purpose.” – Tatler Good Schools Guide

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 mistress 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, who importantly are all resident. Totally committed to the well-being of their young people, this nucleus of staff provide 24-hour care that is second to none.


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 Sally Rosser, Deputy Head (Pastoral) contact: or on 01788 556 350

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Lisa Greatwood, contact: or on 01788 556 258 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