'The college provides an excellent standard of pastoral care...leading to pupils feeling happy and secure'. ISI Report 2011
When visitors arrive at St Dunstan’s for the first time they often sense the warm and friendly atmosphere and comment on it. Pupils care for each other and are encouraged to think of others and to be a part of the College community.
Each pupil in the Senior School is allocated a form tutor. The tutor will be responsible for the supervision, guidance and care of the pupils in the form, meeting them twice a day for registration.
In many cases the tutor will also teach one of their subjects and PSHE. Tutors will keep records of attendance, academic progress and involvement in other school activities. They will also advise pupils, in conjunction with parents, on subject options, university applications and careers.
Partnership with parents is an important element of pastoral care as are sound policies and guidelines. Parents wishing to contact the College about their child will normally contact the tutor in the first instance. Requests for absence of less than a day should be addressed to the tutor; requests for absence of a day or longer should go directly to the Headmistress.
A Head of Section will co-ordinate the work of the tutors. They will exercise an overall supervision of the welfare, morale, conduct and academic progress of the pupils, as well as organising year-group assemblies and parents meetings and taking an active and particular interest in the pupils extra-curricular activities.