An integrated approach to pastoral care, along with social and intellectual enrichment, is provided through the Tutorial and House system. Every boy is allocated a Tutor who offers one-on-one support and advice in a small group setting. In addition, the Tutor organises regular meetings which stimulate boys to think beyond the academic curriculum. Tutors encourage boys to be independent and to take responsibility for themselves. They also maintain regular contact with parents. Similarly, when parents need to contact the School, they do so through the Tutor. In the case of more complex or serious matters, about everyday matters, then the boy’s Housemaster, or in the case of Form I (Year 7), the Master of the Lower School, is available to assist.
In Form I (Year 7) the Tutorial system is under the general direction of the Master of the Lower School and from Form II (Year 8) onwards under the Senior House Master and the eight House Masters. Tutor groups meet briefly every day and for an extended tutorial period several times in a term. The informal nature of contact between boys and Tutors and the frequency with which they meet means that their relationship is often a close one.
Peer Support leaders in Form V (Year 11) are trained to help boys in First Form (Year 7) settle in to the School during their first year.
Two counsellors, both qualified psychologists, are available for consultation by all boys in the School.
In general terms, the pastoral care system is designed to prepare boys for University life, encouraging them as far as possible to have the confidence to solve their own problems and make their own choices.