At Prince’s Mead School our aim is to provide the highest quality pastoral care throughout the school. All staff work together to help pupils achieve their best, educationally, socially and emotionally.
Every member of staff is committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of all our children and their families. We are happy to speak to pupils and parents about any concerns they may have. However, we also have a dedicated Pastoral Care Team, led by a dedicated Head of Wellbeing, Mrs Gillian Jones.
Our children are encouraged to make the most of their time at Prince’s Mead School so every effort is made to remove obstacles to successful learning and to equip young people with the confidence and skills to be enthusiastic learners and effective members of the community.
From the moment a child joins us we want to ensure they flourish and feel a sense of belonging in the Prince’s Mead family. There is nothing more important than providing outstanding pastoral support and all our staff are committed to ensuring the highest levels of care and support.
Behind the beautiful Georgian facades of our Grade II listed home is a warm and welcoming environment that offers outstanding levels of pastoral support. Our aim is to maintain an environment where each pupil is able to succeed in every aspect of their education as well as to flourish and thrive as an individual. The first way we achieve this is by adopting a very proactive approach; our systems and the communication we have between teachers, Matron, parents and pupils are excellent.
Our curriculum aims to equip our pupils with the tools necessary for a healthy, happy and successful life in senior school and beyond. We focus on embedding a growth mindset, building grit and resilience through opportunities to fail, and instilling a mindful approach to build positive coping strategies in order for our pupils to thrive.
The relationship between the staff and the pupils is a great strength at Prince’s Mead. Informal but respectful, the children see the teachers as their allies and feel happy to confide in them. The atmosphere at the School is frequently described as warm and welcoming, and there is a sense of happiness and fun in the air. All members of staff are ready to help when and where needed; there is always a qualified nurse onsite during the day to supplement staff’s paediatric first aid training.
Our Senior Prefects undertake responsibilities in the daily life of the School. Meeting regularly with the Headmaster, the children themselves are encouraged to support one another and to support pupils around the school with the close guidance of staff. Other opportunities exist across the spectrum of School life ranging from The Eco-Committee to the all-important Food Committee.
Parents are encouraged to attend our weekly ‘Friday Prayers’ which cover many areas associated with the pastoral life of the school and aims to close the loop between school and home. These family assemblies are Fridays at 8.45am every week.
For information about our new Dining Hall and its role in creating wholesome and energising daily nourishment, please visit Food and Nourishment.
Pupils often become involved in fundraising initiatives, many of the ideas they generate themselves. Breakfast for a Breakfast was introduced by one of our pupils who wanted to raise money for the children in our sister school in India to ensure they start their day with a more healthy breakfast. Twenty children at our sister school had been identified as malnourished and they benefited from the money raised; each morning they now have an egg and milk to fortify them for the day. Many of the fundraising activities focus on local charities such as The Murray Parish Trust and Naomi House as well as national charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and The Royal British Legion to name but two.
Led by Miss Kate Merrick, SMSC is a clear statement of the aims, principles and strategies for ensuring the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development of pupils at Prince’s Mead is met in addition to actively promoting fundamental British Values.
All pupils follow the SMILE programme which helps nurture a robust character, preparing them for the everyday challenges of the global community in which we live. How do you know your children are happy? Are they mindful, are they resilient; how big are their smiles?
The SMILE programme offers a comprehensive approach to teaching all our children the skills to have an adaptable and fruitful future. The five key learning areas being; Safe, Motivated, Independent, Leadership and Empathy, teach children well-rounded fundamental skills to take forward through life’s ups and downs. With key catch-phrases the SMILE programme offers an enjoyable way to help children smile more often and we all know a true smile is infectious.