Pastoral Care

At Hillcrest we value every individual student and therefore the Pastoral Care we provide is at the heart of our school.

Personal Tutoring

‘Pastoral care has more impact on academic performance than  innate abilities’

Every student at Hillcrest has a dedicated Personal Tutor and each tutor cares for a very small number of students. They communicate constantly with parents and teachers to draw out and develop each individual. Every tutor aims to assist their tutees in making academic progress, enabling them to interpret their world and encourages them to take on challenges so they become the best version of themselves. This philosophy stems from the belief that every young person has hidden talents. When our students arrive they sometimes know in which areas they want to specialise but sometimes they need a helping hand when it comes to discovering their best routes forward. At Hillcrest, we have a team of Personal Tutors that allows every single child to be given boundless opportunities to both try new things and learn from any mistakes they might make.

Well- Being Curriculum

‘Placing mental health at the centre of pastoral care is key’

In addition to Personal Tutoring we will be developing a new wellbeing curriculum which will be supplemented by a series of enrichment talks and workshops. The aim of this programme is to equip our students with the skills to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. As well as elements of health education and citizenship, the course covers moral and social issues including sex education, peer pressure and drugs and alcohol. To enable our students to develop resilience and strategies to cope with the world today, the curriculum explores emotional intelligence, e-safety, mental health, exam anxiety and relaxation techniques. Through the programme, our students are given the opportunity to learn about themselves and others as they take increasing responsibility for their own lives, their choices and their wellbeing. Simultaneously, we help them to become more aware of the views, needs and rights of people of all ages.

 

One-on-one support for every child

Our School Counsellor is at hand to attend to students’ pastoral needs.  The Counsellor works closely with the Heads of Year, the Child Protection Officer and the Deputy Child Protection Officer to identify students who need help and to intervene in a timely and unobtrusive manner.  Interventions include contacting Form Tutors and setting up initial meetings and then follow-ups with students, CPO and the DCPO according to procedures set out in the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.