King’s Boys is renowned for its caring and happy atmosphere and the ethos of the school is to achieve high standards through encouragement and rewards. Parents want their son to have a secure environment in which to mature. The small size of the division is a key factor. Staff and pupils know each other well and enjoy excellent working relationships. Each year group has only 100 boys in 4 forms.
There is a well-established pastoral structure in place. From the very start we want the Year 7 boys to settle in happily as quickly as possible. We try to ensure that each new boy is in the same form as a friend to help in the early days. We also have a residential form trip in the first weeks of term so that the boys can get to know each other.
Form tutors have responsibility for the boys’ well-being; including academic progress, involvement in the school, social relationships and any signs of stress or unhappiness. The Head of Year co-ordinates the work of the tutors and has overall responsibility for the year group.
Our pastoral work is not only concerned with problems! A great deal of time is spent encouraging, commending, helping, advising and taking a genuine interest in the boys. When boys do well, we make sure they know we are pleased with them.