The Pastoral System
Pastoral care at Gordon’s is led by Mrs L Lewis, Deputy Head (Pastoral) who is also responsible for residential boarding. Pupils are allocated to a House – there are four residential Houses and five day Houses – which are led by Heads of House and a team of house tutors. Heads of House are responsible for the safeguarding and welfare of their students and for monitoring their academic and personal development. The Houses are the centre of a pupil’s life within the school and are instrumental in fostering a sense of community at Gordon’s. Students tell us that they enjoy socialising and participating in House activities, particularly the annual interhouse competitions. Parents are encouraged to maintain close links with their child’s Head of House and can contact them directly at any time.
Accommodation for residential boarders is in four houses each with its own individual family atmosphere. Each House is led by resident Houseparents assisted by house tutors. The boarding houses comprise a mixture of common rooms, study areas and sleeping accommodation and meals are taken in the main dining room. Extensive recreational activities contribute to creating a thriving, caring and friendly atmosphere and there is always a wide range of activities going on in the evenings and at weekends including theatre trips, outings and a great deal of sport.
At Gordon’s, the lives of day boarders and residential boarders are inextricably linked. All pupils take part in our extended day which comprises an activities programme which runs from 3.50 pm to 4.50 pm and Saturday morning school. Day boarders can eat their evening meal in school followed by supervised prep in Houses from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm – a resource which is invaluable in supporting pupils’ academic progress.