Pastoral Care - Ratcliffe College

Pastoral Care

The excellent strength of pastoral care at Ratcliffe College College has been recognised in the last two Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspections. From the moment they are offered a place at Ratcliffe, your child has the opportunity to spend time familiarising themselves with the school, future friends and teachers.  

At the heart of our community lies a robust pastoral structure in which the Pastoral Deputy Head leads a team of Heads of Year and their own teams of Tutors.

Regular weekly pastoral year team meetings focus on the needs of individuals and the effective dissemination of information in support of the students. Close links exist between academic and pastoral matters with the tutor group a strong pastoral centre.

The resident Lay Chaplain, Fr President and the chaplaincy team promote the ethos of the College and support the students, parents and staff as and when appropriate. Members of the Sixth Form act as student listeners, providing support for the younger members of the community. The College also has an in-house counsellor and medical nurses to support and promote the well-being of the students.

The quality of the students’ personal development is excellent, promoted by outstanding relationships which exist among the students and between the students and the staff who are dedicated to their care. Through our weekly programme of assemblies and tutor times we seek to create a highly developed sense of community by promoting kindness, gentleness and tolerance. 

In essence, we aim to create a warm and supportive learning environment in which all our children will feel happy, secure and valued for their own individual talents. There are numerous opportunities to develop responsibility, be creative and show initiative. Very high standards of behaviour are expected from the students as we seek to develop their appreciation for doing the right thing at the right time.