Kingswood is a boarding school with approximately 25% of the school being day scholars. Typically there are about 50-60 pupils in a boarding house. This offers a distinctive balance between small houses, which give a strong pastoral base, within a large, varied and challenging school. There are four boys houses, two girls houses and a day girl house. All pupils whether day scholars or full boarders are allocated to a House on acceptance to the school.
A new pupil to the school will come to know the people in his/her house community very well indeed – especially his/her houseperson who is principally responsible for him/her. They offer support and encouragement in every aspect of a pupil’s life but without unnecessary intrusion. It is a delicate and important balance: pupils are encouraged to share problems with those that can help but are steered towards mature resolution through their own thought and effort.
Pupils live in shared rooms in junior years and in their senior years are in one or two bed-sitter studies. Pupils therefore have their own private space and are required to organise themselves and to develop self-discipline in meeting tasks and deadlines.
In addition to the Houseperson, each house has an Assistant Houseperson, Tutors, Student Assistants and a Matron. With the guidance of his personal tutor (assigned to him at the start of his time at Kingswood) a pupil develops the learning habits which will be the foundation of his Kingswood career. In tutor groups, pupils are encouraged to discuss social and health issues as well as develop a good relationship with their Tutor. In all of their academic and pastoral relationships, pupils learn to talk comfortably and openly with adults.
The school doctor monitors the physical health of the pupils and they are well supported by two fully qualified nurses in the Sanatorium. Psychological support is offered when necessary by the school counsellor. Pastoral support also comes from our Chaplain.
The Pastoral Care team is important in our pupils overall development and is a key part of a Kingswood education.
Nurturing individuality and yet understanding and appreciating the differences of others is a central theme of Kingswood’s philosophy.