“Pastoral care [at Rugby] is superb’ – Tatler Schools Guide 2018
“Rugby children aren’t afraid to fail – they know how to recover from disaster” – Peter Green, Head Master
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 pupil, 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.
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, and from 2017, 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.
Younger pupils have the added benefit of dedicated sessions with Lisa Greatwood, our Head of PSHE, who regularly works with year 9 based on the county council's 'Protective Behaviours programme.
"This is a practical, down to earth approach to personal safety both emotionally and physically," said Lisa. "It helps them develop self-confidence and empowers pupils to express their own thoughts and feelings. We cannot always protect children from life's knocks, but we can equip them with the tools to deal with difficult times or situations. It's also important for them to learn that they are ultimately responsible for their own behaviour."
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.