Pastoral Care

At the Heart of St Mark’s

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 fulfilment 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.

Student wellbeing has always been a major priority for St Mark's and as such, the School introduced the RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) that originates from Yale University’s Centre for Emotional Intelligence. Students participating in this approach perform better in school and on standardized tests. Social and emotional learning helps students to develop skills that will maximise their full potential – academically, socially, and emotionally.