At Mount House, every student’s welfare is at the heart of every decision we make. This inclusive approach to pastoral care is a key contributor to our academic success.
Three pillars of well-being
As Deputy Head with an overview of all pastoral matters, I would like to share my simple three-step personal ethos around lifelong well-being.
- Diet: Regular meals and healthy snacks with appropriate treats! Ensuring a well-balanced diet with a range of all food groups with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
- Sleep: Getting enough sleep is vital to health and the ability to learn, and our students require eight hours per night.
- Exercise: Regular exercise as well as daily walks and fresh air is important to mental as well as physical health.
We offer a range of coaching around these three elements throughout the year, enabling the students to learn the structure to support their physical and mental health over their lifetimes.
The Mount House Pastoral System
Each student is supported by our pastoral team, house system and caring ethos which encourages strong links between home and school.
The last ISI inspection of the school rated the pastoral care to be ‘excellent’
The form tutor is responsible for the day-to-day welfare of their tutees and will see them every morning during form period. Students working in small tutor groups is the central element of the pastoral system and is highly effective in identifying and responding to both academic and pastoral issues as they arise.
Form periods are a very important time in the school day and are the regular daily check in between tutee and tutor. This time will be made up of form activities and individual one-to-one meetings with the tutor. This time will also include full school assemblies, house assemblies and PSHE lessons.
Head of House
There are four Heads of House and an overall Senior Head of House.
Every student and staff member at Mount House School is assigned a House. The House system is a long-standing institution that creates competition, promotes good work and behaviour, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the school together.
The students in the lower years have the benefit of the Lower Sixth Form Guardians. These act like a ‘buddy system’ for students in lower years. Their aim is to welcome boys and girls and help them to feel more comfortable and secure at Mount House. It will be a strong and warm bond, providing a friendly face to see in the corridors and someone with whom they can be a friend or with whom they can share a worry. The Guardians are students from Lower Sixth Form (Year 12) who know how it feels to be new in a school. It is a voluntary programme that your son/daughter may join at the start of the year.