The well-being of our pupils is at the heart of everything we do at Abberley. Happy and secure children grow in confidence and thus make the most of the wealth of opportunities Abberley offers.
Houseparents run the single-sex boarding houses in loving and structured style. Boarders’ parents liaise with them and/or with the Headmaster. The staff know the children extremely well and ensure that the boarding experience is warm and welcoming. The medical matrons are qualified nurses. Their surgery offers a haven if one is needed. We can also offer the support of a counsellor and an independent listener.
In the first three years of the Prep School, each pupil is cared for by their Form Tutor, who is also the first point of contact for parents. Weekly meetings of those who work with these children provide further guidance and support.
In the top three years, each child has a Personal Tutor, who has an overview of the child including everything academic, social, musical, artistic, thespian and sporting. The Personal Tutor is available to parents and staff to help resolve difficulties, provide structure, manage academic workload, keep tabs on, ensure appointments are not forgotten etc. He or she is a support to their tutees, an advocate, a sounding-board and, possibly a task-master.
The whole staff meet weekly to discuss children who may need support, sensitivity or supervision and the Personal Tutor is the expert on each of their four or five tutees, guiding colleagues in how to approach anyone who needs more than the usual levels of care.
Weekly meetings of the Headmaster, Head of Pastoral Care, boarding Houseparents, senior Matrons and Heads of Year ensure an effective exchange of information concerning individual children.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating; children are happy here at Abberley.