Pastoral Care

When a boy joins the school, he is allocated to a form class and to one of four Houses - Crosby, Dufferin, School or Ward. 

There are three groups of staff who have special responsibility for providing pastoral care.

Form Teachers           They meet the boys at least once daily for registration.

Heads of Year             They support the work of the Form Teachers and oversee the well-being and academic progress of the boys in each Year. The Head of Year will normally stay with his/her Year Group throughout the school.  Any concerns about academic progress and pastoral issues should normally be  brought to the Head of Year.

Senior Staff                  There are currently six Senior Teachers: the Principal is responsible for the strategic direction of the School which is executed through the School Development Plan and is supported by the Vice Principal, who oversees the curriculum and pastoral care throughout the school and the Assistant Principal who is responsible for the daily routine within the school. There are three members of staff seconded onto the Senior Leadership Team and they are responsible for the coordination of pastoral care across the school, pupil performance and school improvement.

An independent qualified counsellor, provided by the Familyworks Counselling Service, is available to the boys one morning each week.  We enjoy close working relationships with a range of outside agencies, including North Down YMCA, local churches and PSNI.

There is an expectation of high standards of personal behaviour which are encouraged by a system of positive endorsement and reward.  All boys are given guidelines in the form of a code of conduct and school rules and are rewarded for their contribution to the school through school awards, honours, prizes and a system of merits employed from Year 8.  While sanctions exist, the basis of managing behaviour is primarily positive rather than punitive.

Designated teachers have the following areas of responsibility: Pupil Mentor Co-ordinator; Special Educational Needs; Child Protection; Health Education; Drugs Education; Relationships and Sexual Education, Literacy, Numeracy, E-safety and Shared Education.