At Exeter School, we understand that every pupil is unique and deserves a nurturing and supportive environment to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. What sets our pastoral care apart is our commitment to creating a warm and inclusive community where pupils feel safe, valued, and empowered to be their best selves. We believe that a strong foundation in pastoral support is essential for fostering personal growth and building resilience. We cultivate strong character virtues to lay the foundation for personal and social development.
Our heads of lower school, middle school, and sixth form are responsible for the academic and pastoral monitoring of pupils in their care, and they work closely with the house teams. Joining a new school at any age can be daunting, so we begin the transitional phase in the summer term, holding ‘new’ parents’ events and visiting many of our pupils in their current school and talking to their teacher, so that we have a good understanding of how we can best support the children as they join Exeter School. Induction activities, as well as residential trips in the first half of the autumn term for Year 7 and Year 9 pupils help to solidify new friendships, build confidence and foster a sense of Exonian identity.