We pride ourselves on knowing each and every pupil well and addressing their individual needs. Withington provides an exceptionally warm, friendly and caring environment in which girls achieve outstanding academic success and seize the many and varied opportunities for personal and social development. The School is fully committed to providing a safe environment for all pupils and staff. It is the responsibility of all adults at Withington, whether they are teaching or non-teaching staff, governors, volunteers or parents, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. To quote from the last Independent Schools Inspectorate Inspection Report (2013):
The contribution of the arrangements for pastoral care is excellent…. Warmth and approachability characterise the outstanding relationships between pupils and staff. Pupils say that there is always a member of staff available to help with any concern. Relationships are similarly positive amongst the pupils themselves, with older girls doing much to help the younger ones, especially as ‘peer supporters’.
The principles of Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Personal Responsibility underpin our ethos and there is a strong sense of community. At every stage of her school career, each pupil has a Form Tutor, Shadow Form Tutor and Head of Year, all of whom have a key role in monitoring and supporting her in every respect. In addition, each Form has designated Sixth Form Peer Supporters and the School Nurse provides invaluable pastoral support, as well as addressing medical issues and participating in the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme. We also have a School Counsellor whom girls can arrange to see through the School Nurse.
Form Tutors, assisted by a Shadow Form Tutor, see all members of their Form on a daily basis and write individual reports for parents each year. They also organise Form activities and contribute to the teaching of the PSHCE programme. Form Tutors are present at all Parents’ Evenings and should be the first point of contact for any academic or social concerns. Heads of Year support the Form Tutors and monitor progress across the Year groups.The Deputy Head has the oversight of pastoral care across the School.
We work closely with parents and ask our parents to always let us know about any circumstances that may affect their daughter’s well-being, so that we can provide appropriate support in school.
Pupil representatives from each Form attend School Council and Feedback meetings which are chaired by the Head Girl and her Sixth Form Deputies. Through such forums all pupils can contribute to the day-to-day running of the School and suggest ideas for development. We have a strong anti-bullying policy, including an Anti-bullying Statement written by the pupils themselves, and a culture of mutual respect where pupils can enjoy the many opportunities open to them at Withington.
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