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. Mr Benbow (Head of Boarding), assisted by Mrs Hoyland, leads the boarding environment and they are tutors to the weekly boarders in Years 4-6. 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.
Excellent relationships exist between pupils and staff, and amongst pupils. The school community is a vibrant and welcoming place where pupils feel secure and valued
(ISI Inspection Report 2012)
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 and Lower School 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. A matron and pastoral carer with First Aid qualifications assists during the whole 24 hour period.
Pinewood is ecumenical in its outlook and accepts children of any faith. We always begin the day with an act of worship, which brings the whole school together as a community. 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.