Pastoral Care and Support

We offer a range of pastoral support for students who are encountering issues during their time at shool. We offer support in a variety of ways to suit the needs to the individual student, this could include

  • 1:1 discussions with the tutor, Head of House/Head of Year 7 or the Inclusion Manager
  • regular ‘monitoring’ meetings with parents/carers
  • small group support (e.g. a social skills group) and/or include a specific resource to support your son/daughter.

We also have a full time pastoral support worker and Student Welfare Officer on site as well as a range of outside services who we can work with and who can come into school to support the student.

House System

We have a house system to allow for greater social integration and encourage a positive and healthy ethos of competitiveness and community.
The Houses are;
Austen (Blue)
Palmer (Green)
Holburne (Red)
Shelley (Yellow)
These names were chosen by the students as they represent famous people who have had a direct link with historical Bath. The students also wanted to ensure that the names would remain current and would not date in 10 years. As a result they selected famous architects and authors. The school provides a comprehensive range of competitive opportunities including inter house competitions which range from sports day to pumpkin carving.

Student Leadership

We have many opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills throughout their time at school. Each tutor group elects two representatives annually to attend their House meeting once a term. In these meetings the representatives coordinate tutor group issues/ideas and organise house events including charity and community projects throughout the year. In addition, we also have a school council which meet once a month, and whose members are selected by making a written application. They run whole school events, for example school elections for the Make Your Mark campaign and leading awareness campaigns on road safety and equality. They are involved in developing school policies including the Positive Behaviour for Learning and Anti-Bullying policies and even interviewing prospective staff.

Students are also able to mentor other students with reading, meeting on a one to one basis and supporting others through a “buddy” system. Our Year 7 students play a crucial role in supporting the transition and induction process by acting as mentors during our Induction Day. Year 8 students play an important role in the every day life of the school, acting as guides for prospective parents, and supporting the work of the office with reception duties.