Pastoral Care

The quality of Pastoral Care influences the ethos and tone of the whole school. It creates an atmosphere in which children feel secure, know that they are valued and are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development within a healthy and safe environment. It will inform and reassure parents that their children are being educated in a safe and caring atmosphere.

Pastoral care at St Mark's is based on the principles of good relationships and mutual respect. The health and welfare of students is increasingly being attributed to school conditions, school relationships, and means of fulfillment for mental, emotional and social status.

We are acutely aware of the challenges faced by our children growing up in the 21st century and the many influences that they encounter on issues such as sex, drugs and leisure in relation to mental and physical wellbeing.

The Principal and all Staff - Teaching, Education Support and Administration -  have a responsibility for pastoral care.


  • To create an environment where children are safe and contented.
  • To ensure the all-round development of each child.
  • To help children grow in self-esteem, confidence and independence of thought.
  • To communicate to our students, values and beliefs, that is in keeping with our ethos.
  • To protect children from physical, social, emotional and intellectual harm and to provide them with the skills to cope with possible threats to their personal safety, both within and outside school.
  • To encourage tolerance, understanding and sensitivity to the needs of others.
  • To promote warm and positive relationships between children, staff and parents.
  • To celebrate diversity and welcome everyone in the St Mark’s Anglican Community

For further information about the Policies for Pastoral Care, Student Health and Well Being, please refer to the related documents, including Anti-Bullying Policy, Behaviour Mangagement Policy, Examinations Policy, Homework Policy and other policies, which are all available in the Secure Parent Area.