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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

We all want our children's school life to be happy and harmonious but we are realistic enough to know that this may not always be the case for every child, all the time. Clayesmore Prep is well known and admired for our pastoral care and support. We recognise that children can go through ups and downs with friends, school work, home life and simply just the trials and tribulations of growing up. We have a huge amount of experience, gained over many years, to be able to support children in every challenge they may face. 

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Staff are approachable and kind.  They listen and are solutions-oriented. Your child will be supported by their tutor, who they see daily. This is further enhanced by the Pastoral Leaders, who work closely with the tutors to ensure a smooth transition through the Prep School.

Communication channels with parents are open and honest. When there are concerns, staff are proactive and we will offer support and monitor closely to ensure a solution is found for your child. 

Another strand to our pastoral care is the Health and Wellbeing Centre. Our team of qualified nurses and health care staff look after physical and mental health issues sensitively and confidentially. 

We want all Clayesmore Prep pupils to have the happiest and healthiest time at school.  We are committed to ensuring we provide a supportive and nurturing environment for your child. 

Pastoral and Safeguarding Statement


We have pastoral care at the very heart of our school and, whether boarding or day, all children at Clayesmore benefit from our friendly, caring and positive atmosphere.

We are a  small enough school that everyone is known as an individual and the supportive environment in our five boarding houses helps to create a strong community spirit. Houseparents, their assistants and matrons know their charges very well indeed and they work together to support students through the challenges of day to day life, helping them develop their own strategies to negotiate the sometimes turbulent teenage years. 

Our Health and Wellbeing Centre, our counsellors and our Chaplain are also a central part of our pastoral team, providing physical and emotional support to all who need it. This care is complemented by academic tutors, TLC staff, sports coaches and music teachers

The students’ voice is important to us and the various forums that allow them to express their views (for example, house and school councils and student committees) help to inform our pastoral care.


Clayesmore School fully recognises our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in our care, and that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

Our practice follows the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education and encompasses the following principles:

To protect children from harm 
To prevent impairment of children’s health and development
To ensure that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care thus enabling those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully
To treat the interests of our children as paramount
To consider at all times the best interests of the child 
Anyone who has concerns about a child’s welfare, including if there is a concern that the child is suffering significant harm or is likely to do so, should make a referral to our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – unless an allegation is against them or another member of staff, when the Head must be informed. In all cases the guidelines laid down by the DfE must be followed. Please also refer to Clayesmore School’s Safeguarding Policy.


Mrs SarahJane Newland

Deputy Head, Pastoral

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