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Pastoral Care

Rather than being one single, distinguishable aspect of what we do, comprehensive and effective pastoral care underpins a boy’s entire experience of Harrow. 

At its most straightforward, it equates to term-time parenting: guiding, directing, consoling and nurturing, as well as intervening more significantly in times of need. And yet, it is also about enabling each Harrovian to become the best possible version of himself: considerate, perceptive and able to tackle life's challenges head on. Whilst the focus of pastoral care is in the Boarding House, many other people, programmes and platforms play their part too.

People

  • Experienced and well-supported House teams, who are consistently visible and approachable.

  • The Pastoral Support Committee, which meets four times each week to tackle more profound or persistent pastoral issues, and to shape the training of House teams.

  • A Medical Centre offering 24/7 care and the services of six nurses, three doctors, a psychologist and a psychiatrist.

  • The Chaplaincy, comprising two Anglican and one Roman Catholic Chaplains.

  • A designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy Safeguarding Lead.

Programmes

  • House-based health education sessions for younger year groups, led by an external expert who also acts as an independent ‘listening ear’.

  • The Choices programme in Remove and Fifth Form, which focuses on working cooperatively in a group and managing conflict.

  • The Way of Life programme in the Sixth Form, which covers a full range of personal, social and health-related issues.

  • Regular parent briefings on topics such as drugs, alcohol, cyber-safety and pornography.

  • A dedicated end-of-year conference on health education matters for Shell boys.

  • Annual social media briefings for the whole School.

  • Peer mentoring delivered by trained senior boys.

  • A very popular parenting course delivered by the School’s Psychologist.

Platforms

  • House Councils that meet regularly and publish minutes.

  • Junior and senior committees for IT and for food.

  • An annual pupil survey, called Living Together, which provides a pupil perspective of life at School and informs our pastoral priorities.