A key strength of WHS is our structure of pastoral care, which creates a secure, inclusive community for girls in what can sometimes be difficult adolescent years. Girls will have the same form tutor in Years 7, 8 and 9, so that they will get to know each other well. The same goes for Years 10 and 11. Heads of Year move up with the years during this time, adding an extra layer of pastoral care from teachers who are well-known to the girls and who have their well-being at heart. Heads of Year are supported by the Deputy Head, Pastoral, who overseas all pastoral care, and by a Learning Support Co-ordinator, who ensures students are getting the best out of school life. School nurses and our school counsellor are available for girls to see on confidential matters.
"We cannot say how much we loved our daughter being in a such nurturing and friendly environment. We wanted to say a warm thank you to the whole school for their hard work and fantastic commitment to the girls. R has never been so happy in a school.
"She blossomed in a way we could not imagine she would! We enjoyed witnessing her changing: gaining in confidence, skills and in maturity; discovering so many things she would have never ventured without your help." - Senior School parent, June 2013
We encourage girls to be themselves and to support each other. From first entering the school, when students are assigned a 'buddy' from an older year group and become members of one of the four Houses, to when they are 6th Formers and may act as peer counsellors or House captains, girls grow in self confidence and foster lasting friendships. As a school, we value courtesy and respect for each other; we have strict anti-bullying and behaviour policies.