We strive to provide the best possible pastoral care at Battle Abbey School, believing that students will thrive in an environment in which they feel cared for, listened to and accepted as individuals. Here at the Abbey we foster a unique family atmosphere. It is our aim to uphold and to actively promote this ethos, recognizing that it provides a firm foundation in which students can grow and develop, both as learners and as citizens.
However, we recognize that the adolescent years can be quite a turbulent time. Pressures at school (such as exams, relationships, homework) and the range of issues than can arise outside of school, can have a bearing on a student’s well-being and ability to cope. We make it our priority to help students, whatever form that takes, to ensure they feel cared for and supported through those difficult times.
There are a number of ways we seek to achieve this. All students are assigned a tutor, who they see on a daily basis. The tutor will generally be the first line of contact if a student is having any problems. However, students can also access support from the Head of Key Stage, the boarding team, teachers, the Senior Leadership team, the school counselor, nurse and peer mentors. There are a great number of people that students can talk to and we always encourage them to do so.
We endeavour to react quickly to situations that arise but we also make it our goal to practice a preventative approach, where possible. This means educating students about an array of issues and equipping them with the knowledge and tools that will help students to avoid and/or navigate through these challenges more easily.
At Battle Abbey School we are fortunate to have senior students who act as exemplary role models to the younger students. It is not uncommon for older pupils to be seen helping younger pupils, whether in an informal or formal capacity. We believe that peer support has the potential to be extremely effective in providing pastoral care at grass root level. All senior school students complete training and obtain qualifications in child protection, anti-bullying and exploitation and on-line safety.
We take pastoral care very seriously at Battle Abbey School. However, if you have any concerns or questions relating to pastoral care, please contact our (DSL) Designated Safeguarding Lead, Maria Maslin on firstname.lastname@example.org.