Pastoral care is an essential part of a successful education. We want every girl to feel happy, secure and confident so that she benefits fully from the first-class education offered.
Sydenham High School prides itself on understanding girls and knowing the individual needs of every girl helps us to personalise her educational journey. Our pupils are accepting of themselves and of others and tolerance and mutual respect are nurtured. Relationships and friendships are built on kindness and respect and girls here have the space to be themselves but also to be fearless in their pursuit of their dreams and ambitions, building invaluable connections along the way.
With a wide variety of activities and opportunities, and a strong emphasis on charitable giving, every girl can enjoy being part of a vibrant and inspirational community where she can express her passion for learning, and for everything she does in life.
The Pastoral Team
While the form tutor is usually the first point of contact for any questions or concerns pupils or their parents may have, we have a number of other staff with specific pastoral responsibilities. Four Heads of Section, the Head of Lower (year 7), Middle (years 8 and 9), and Upper Schools (years 10 and 11) and the Director of Sixth Form lead each section of the school. In addition we offer a counselling service to those girls who may need additional support. We have a full time nurse and the Deputy Head Pastoral has overall responsibility for the welfare of all the girls in the school, as well as being the designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection. The wellbeing of all our pupils is a priority and we believe firmly in helping our girls stay healthy and well, both in mind and body, and we encourage strong and supportive links between girls, staff and parents.
We want our girls to feel that they are being listened to. Everyone knows whom to approach should they need a listening ear or additional support. In addition, regular round table meetings enable pupils to express their views and present new ideas and initiatives
There are plenty of opportunities for girls to take on responsibilities or develop leadership skills, through co-curricular pursuits or through the form group. Our house system also adds an additional layer of opportunity, as well as crucial integration with other year groups and forms, all of which helps prepare the girls for taking on larger roles in the wider life of the school community as they become older.