Taking responsibility seriously

Throughout their time at Winchester, boys are supported by an extensive network of staff who are responsible for their emotional and physical wellbeing.

This network includes all of the teaching staff, the majority of whom are house tutors.  

On joining the school, they are closely monitored to ensure that they are settling in to life at Winchester, with any early worries quickly spotted and addressed. 

 

Housemaster

The Housemaster takes primary responsibility for the pastoral care of every boy in his house. He has a detailed understanding of each boy’s life at the school, from his mental and physical health to his academic and extra-curricular profile.

The principal role of the Housemaster is to help boys to find their place and to thrive within the school community.

House team

Housemasters are supported by an extended team, comprising house tutors, who come from a broad range of specialist academic backgrounds, a Matron, as well as a designated paediatric nurse from the school’s Medical Centre.

The adults in each house are there to support the boys, and enable them to develop and explore all that the school has to offer.

Wellbeing

We have a fully-staffed Medical Centre, open 24/7 during term time, with a team of paediatric nurses and doctors available for advice, guidance and support. Our boys’ physical and mental wellbeing is maintained on a day-to-day basis, including up-to-date asthma, allergy and orthopaedic care. Boys also have access to a wide range of external services available through the school.

Learning support

The Learning Support team is based in the Learning Centre on College Street, providing personalised one-to-one study skills support for a wide range of pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs.

It is an important principle that any pupil in the school is potentially able to request some support sessions and the team has worked with pupils keen to increase their chances of being accepted by prestigious universities, including Oxbridge.

The department also administers specialist teacher assessment reports, which can diagnose specific learning difficulties, and provide recommendations for appropriate access arrangements during examinations. It also runs study skills and mindfulness sessions for Divs in different year groups.

Pastoral support group

The school’s Pastoral Support Group meets every week to co-ordinate the pastoral and medical care of pupils. The Group is led by the Second Master and includes Housemasters, Lead Nurse, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Deputy DSL, School Counsellor and College Chaplain.

Nicholas Wilks

Second Master

Winchester offers such a rich life that I am sometimes asked how I manage oversight of it all in my post as Second Master. The answer is a simple one: putting the pastoral welfare of pupils at the centre of everything I do. This is true whether I am talking through issues of concern with an individual boy or adult, teaching my Div set, or running Group, our programme introducing first year pupils to the development of  self-awareness, confidence and empathy.  

My experience in teaching English, in both the private and maintained sectors, is perhaps a more orthodox background to being Second Master than my conducting and my work in music education. But both have proved invaluable in encouraging our pupils to listen and to develop their own convictions, whether these are about the merits of a Mahler symphony, the assumption of adult responsibilities in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part One, or an analysis of justice in an essay by Montaigne. I cannot imagine a more rewarding environment in which to foster the link between discovering the past, examining the present, and preparing for the future.

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