Pastoral care is a vitally important part of Pinewood life and the family atmosphere underpins the structure and culture of the school. The form tutors provide a vital link between child and parent and are responsible for the academic, spiritual, moral and social welfare of the children in their care. They communicate on a regular basis with the parents and are the first port of call for any concerns; if appropriate these concerns will be passed on to Hayley Davies, Head of Well-Being & Emotional Support. Mr Benbow (Head of Boarding), assisted by Mrs Hoyland, leads the boarding environment. They are actively involved in all the boarding children’s 24 hour care. Mr Benbow and Mrs Hoyland are frequently to be seen cheering the children on from the touchline at sports matches, celebrating successes in assemblies, and enjoying the children’s performances in plays and concerts.
Pupils develop positive mental health from an early age… [They] develop characteristics of resilience, self-awareness and confidence, which prepare them well for the next stage of their education, ready to lead successful and productive lives.
ISI Inspection Report 2018
Heads of Year Groups oversee each section of the school: Pre-Prep, Lower School (Years 3 & 4), Middle School (Years 5 & 6), and Upper School (Years 7 & 8) Children can express their views and influence policy through an Upper, Middle, Lower School and Pre-Prep Pupil Council, as well as the Boarders’ Council. Pinewood Surgery is equipped to provide care for pupils and staff in a friendly and professional environment. It provides an area within school where all can visit in case of acute illness, injury or emotional support knowing they will receive sympathy and understanding. Our nurses are NMC registered and on duty between 0800-1700. Mr and Mrs Hoyland and matrons with First Aid qualifications live on site and assist during the whole 24 hour period.
Pinewood is ecumenical in its outlook and accepts children of any faith. We always begin each week with an act of worship, which brings the Prep school together. The rhythms of the Christian year, its traditions and values quietly underpin the fabric of life at school. The Lady Chapel, which is adjacent to the Pre-Prep, is open to children during the school day as a place of quiet and contemplation. Rev Richard Hancock, the vicar of Bourton and Shrivenham is one of the School’s appointed visitors who the children can talk to, and he is involved in school services throughout the year.We have a fortnightly Saturday service in Bourton Church led by the Headmaster, at which a prominent senior school representative will be invited to preach. The service begins with a time of reflection and prayer. Parents and friends are welcome to attend what is an important element to our approach to life at Pinewood and afterwards for coffee in the Hall with the Headmaster and his wife.
Well-Being & Emotional Support
As a school we are acutely aware of the pressures facing this generation of children and the increasing signs of mental health issues amongst the young. As a further layer to the strong pastoral care system in place at Pinewood we are proud to be able to provide our own Well-Being & Emotional Support department for the benefit of the children. Our Head of Well-Being & Emotional Support, Hayley Davies, is available to see the children and their parents on a daily basis. Hayley, who was Head of Lower School (Years 3 & 4) for 10 years and is an experienced teacher, is well known to the children. She has counselling qualifications and is a trained Mental Health First Aider, specifically in relation to young people. We also have two other full-time members of staff in the Prep School, who are qualified in Mental Health First Aid. There will be a more informal daily drop-in service for children, for which they do not need to make an appointment, and Hayley will be available for boarders in the evenings on a weekly basis. Hayley will accordingly make parents, form tutors and the boarding team aware of anything that is of concern and, if she feels it to be necessary, she will make referrals to appropriate services, in conjunction with parents.
Please contact Hayley on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make an appointment or discuss anything further.
The form tutors in Pre-Prep serve as the first port of call for our younger children, alongside Mrs Hannah David Ward in an emotional support role, and Mrs Vanessa Buckley, the Deputy Head of Pre-Prep and an experienced teacher, who is overseeing the well-being of children in Pre-Prep. Vanessa has a Young Minds qualification in ‘Promoting Positive Mental Health in Primary and Early Years Settings’. She will be using some weekly drama sessions to support children in expressing their emotions and feelings through role play, and speaking and listening activities. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Vanessa on email@example.com.