Great importance is placed on pastoral care and pupil well-being at the Royal Hospital School and this is enhanced by the strong House system, outstanding medical provision, christian ethos and nutritionally balanced food. We also have two senior members of staff, the Deputy Head (Pastoral) and Assistant Deputy Head (Pastoral), responsible for this hugely important aspect of school life as well teams looking after child protection, safe-guarding and e-safety. Regular whole school healthy eating, fitness, anti-bullying and well-being initiatives are held as well as useful talks and discussion groups for parents.
We have a network of Peer Support Mentors in each House, and older pupils are trained to identify and deal with any potential welfare issues. They wear badges that distinguish them and everybody, therefore, knows who who they should go to if they need peer to peer support. If there is a situation that the Peer Support Mentors cannot deal with they are, of course, advised to pass it on to a member of staff.
On arrival at RHS, each new pupil is assigned his or her own Buddy and pupils are well prepared to take on these roles through a Buddy Training Workshop when they are encouraged to talk about how they felt during their first few weeks of school and how they may be able to help new pupils settle in.
The prefect system gives older pupils the opportunity to be responsible for younger pupils. This is an important part of the process of growing up and it adds to the sense of community that is so strong within the Royal Hospital School.
House prefects are trained and appointed within each boarding House at the age of 15 or 16, once their Housemaster or Housemistress believes that they are ready for such responsibility. Their performance is closely monitored at all times and it is our general experience that they provide an important contact between the formal structure of the House and the activities of the pupils within what is their term-time home.
All Year 13 pupils are invited to apply to be School Prefects. Through a process of consultation, interview and assessment, the Headmaster, Senior House Staff and Tutors will select approximately 20 suitable candidates, including a Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. As well as carrying out their duties around the School, these Prefects represent the School at events and Open Days.