Our pastoral care - around the School's values of kindness, grace, integrity, courage and generosity - aims to prepare children for how life works, both for the storms and the sunshine. The children at Hazlegrove are surrounded with care. That care includes at its core staff for whom going many extra miles is an everyday thing, and who unashamedly make time to talk about the children. It includes a dedicated Pastoral Leadership Team, a tutor system, a pastoral care curriculum embedded in everything we do and model, and an ever-developing framework for social and emotional literacy and support.
It can encompass initiatives for everyone, from wellbeing festivals, Pre-Prep yoga clubs, being a Girls On Board school to having school pets to be with when a quiet moment is needed. We don’t hide key issues or say it’s ‘just their age’ - we look proactively at what we could do about that.
We review and reflect on every incident to learn from it. Pastoral care is about developing in the children the tools they will use when things are more challenging for them or for their peers, so that they can cope well with everything life can throw at them with a positive self-esteem, resilience, and a sense of belonging to something.
The Lower School take a particular interest in the wellbeing of pupils as they transition to life in the Prep School. Pastoral Head of Lower School, Mrs Emma Bartlett, understands the importance of tackling the challenges of growing up. Her 'Treasure Groups' provide support to children who are finding elements of School or home life particularly difficult.
Her recent Country Child article 'Finding Treasure In An Uncertain World' explains the importance of the Treasure Group in a time of national restrictions:
The below presentation gives more information about Lower School Treasure Groups: