Pastoral Care & Education Overview
At Nonsuch, we are proud of our tradition of educating the whole person. We believe that engagement with the wider world and local community, leadership and mentoring opportunities, participation in our House Competition events and extracurricular clubs all foster a sense of purpose, belonging and identity that promote well-being.
We encourage and reward the values of Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Courage and Endeavour.
We want our students to engage with their local and wider community in the belief that they can make a difference.
Our well-being strategy has three key strands:
1. Participation and Community
Our House events are as joyous as they are competitive and on the day of the School’s birthday the House trophy is hotly contested through a variety of games, puzzles and creative problem-solving activities.
Each year group works to raise funds for the nominated school charities and takes part in other active citizenship events such as the elderly citizens’ tea party; the charity fair for our global charity “Friends of Kipkelion” or the National Citizenship Service for which the school won an award for the high uptake amongst our students.
Other areas in which our student participation excels are:
- The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Of the 162 Awards earned from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023, 104 were Bronze, 36 Silver and 22 Gold. This is a superb achievement given students were still completing Awards following the lock-downs. We have also received a certificate from the DofE Award thanking Nonsuch students for donating 3,406 hours of voluntary service to the local community during this period. The social value of these hours is £16,381.
Combined Cadets Force
Currently, we have around 100 students taking part.
76 different clubs take place at lunchtime and 29 clubs after school each week. Around 1,000 students take part in after school clubs each week.
There are also leadership roles throughout the school and for all ages: school council, environmental, charity, house and sports representatives, amongst others. The student leadership video here expands on this theme.
2. Wellbeing and Responsive Care
The responsive strand of our well-being strategy is through our awareness-raising of the continuum of mental health. We work closely with the mental health charity, Place2Be, patronised by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. Each year, 20 members of staff across the Girls’ Learning Trust, undertake training to become “Mental Health Champions.” Attachment theory underpins the training and informs our approaches in all areas. In addition, we link with the Anna Freud Centre who provide training for adults, advice for parents and support for young people.
The Form Tutor is the central point of contact for every student and provides the crucial link between home and school. All tutor groups in the lower school are also allocated Sixth Form “Form Leaders” who help with the care and development of our students. Tutors are supported by the Head of Year who also works within a broader team responsible for taking charge of pastoral care within school.
- We have a School Counsellor who offers sensitive support and guidance to students who require it.
- Our Pastoral Support Officer is able to respond to student need each day and provide help and expert support.
- Their roles are supplemented by Child Well-being Practitioners who can offer small group sessions of support.
- The School Nurse provides confidential advice and support.
- Our SEND coordinator works with girls who have special educational needs and disabilities to ensure that provision is made for these students in order that they can access all aspects of the curriculum.
- We also have an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant to support our students.
- We are also part of a pilot where schools have an attached social worker.
Some students are trained as:
Their role is to support younger students
Form Leaders support PSHE provision, organisation, in tutor groups in the lower school
They are trained by Sutton Borough specialists on areas regarding youth safety and awareness so that they can provide supervised peer education talks.
Our students are also supported by our well-established LGBTQ+ support group and Year 13 student members of the CARE council (Champions of Anti Racism and Equality). The council is developing a subcommittee structure to include students from all year groups.
Our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme is the educational strand of the promotion of well-being. Devised and resourced by Heads of Year who specialise in key themes, it is delivered by form tutors. Guest speakers, specialists and other bodies enhance this education, which aims to increase awareness and guide students so that they can make wise personal decisions. Where appropriate, the sessions may be taught across a number of year groups so that students can discuss issues and share the perspectives of students in different year groups.
In addition, well-being is promoted through teaching that focusses on the process of learning, not just the outcomes or results – developing growth mindset approaches that encourage students to engage with their own progress and intellectual struggle; to take risks and learn from failure.
Useful Documents & Links:
- Young Carer Support Services
- What to do when feeling distressed: Young Person's Guide
- SLP CAMHS Crisis Line
- Support Services for Victims of Sexual Harassment
- Support for students and families - Sept 2023
- Where to get support for you or a friend when not in school
- 10 ways to find support with children and young people's mental health
- Free Online Counselling & Wellbeing Support for Young People
- NHS Sutton Mental Health Crisis Helpline
- Sutton Young People's Wellbeing Service - Information for Young People
- Coping with Self Harm (Brochure)
- FORM - Education Wellbeing Application Form 2022-23
- Young Minds: Parents Helpline and Webchat
- VIDEO - Meet our CWP - Sutton Wellbeing Service
- BEAT eating disorders
- Calm Harm - worried about self-harm?
- Hollie Guard - personal safety app (Safeguarding people where it matters)
- Kooth - your online mental wellbeing community
- On My Mind - Resources for Young People (Anna Freud Centre)
- PAPYRUS - dedicated to the prevention of young suicide
- Parenting and Family Support - Family Lives (Parentline Plus)
- Parenting Teens in Times of Uncertainty (video)