At Kings College we take pride in ensuring every student receives exceptional pastoral care within a nurturing and supportive environment. Staff take an active role in their responsibility to develop, promote, enable and support our students. “Work Hard and Be Kind” underpins everything we do at Kings College through our house system, curriculum and extensive enrichment program.
When a new student arrives at Kings College, it is imperative that they immediately feel part of our community. Our skilled pastoral head and team of tutors ensure that the transition phase is successful with both students and families being supported.
Our pastoral teams are supported by a youth workers from Eikon, Attendance Officer, Home School Link Worker, Wellbeing Practioner, Art Therapist, Mindworks Mental Health Support Team and safeguarding leads who collectively ensure that pastoral care is tailored to personal needs and circumstance of every student at the various stages of their school career.
The key purpose of tutor times is to make and develop positive connections between students, teachers and their school. There is a robust link between having a sense of safety, belonging and well-being and student’s engagement and performance in education. Students meet as a form group every morning for tutor time. We create Community through purposeful time spent exploring the two strands of our school values, ‘Work Hard and Be Kind’.
- Transition to Secondary
- Study and organisation skills
- Developing my sense of purpose
- Options Process
- Current affairs
- Preparing for Post 16
- Community Skills
- Tolerance and respect
- Friendship skills
- Rule of Law: Actions and Consequences
- Art of conversation and discussion
- Gratitude and reflection
- Five ways to wellbeing; keep learning, connect, give, take notice, be active
Tutor Time Sessions:
- Daily Slides and Rewards are the focus at the start or every week. It allows students the opportunity to reflect positively on their previous week and prepare themselves for the up-and-coming week. It provides healthy competition between tutor groups and houses to develop a sense of belonging.
- Assemblies run every week and are designed to embed the school ethos, British Values, current affairs and important topical, religious and national events.
- Tutor Talks run every week the day after assemblies. They are designed to challenge tutor groups to consider and develop their understanding of the themes and topics discussed during assemblies through developing their discussion and debate skills. Our school values discussion, debate and learning from others.
- Finding Our Futures Sessions run once a fortnight and are designed to support students’ readiness for the next phase of education, training or employment so that pupils are equipped to make the transition successfully. Sessions are designed and supported by our Careers and Aspirations Lead working in partnership with the University of Surrey.
- The House Quiz runs once a fortnight and are designed by the Prefects. They provide an opportunity for tutor groups to unite and enter into a House Competition winning points towards their house.
- Wellbeing Sessions are run on a weekly basis as we are committed to our student’s having successful futures, so we prioritise building their resilience. Sessions are mapped across the NHS Five Ways of Wellbeing and are designed to support students to manage and understand their own wellbeing and mental health. The sessions are support by our Mental Health School Team from Mindworks.
Personal Social Health Education (PSHE)
Our PSHE curriculum is underpinned by 5 key topics. These topics educate our students about their bodies, their wellbeing, their safety, their relationships and how to find their future. All years receive at least 50 minutes of PSHE biweekly, with years 7-9 receiving 100 minutes biweekly. The intent is to enable, develop and promote students’ personal wellbeing by meeting the following points.