School years are formative years. At Whitgift School, we are as committed to a pupil's social, emotional and mental growth as we are to his academic progress: we are also concerned with the welfare of all members of the School community.
Below you will find an outline of the pastoral structure of the School and a list of who to contact regarding pastoral matters. For more detail, download the Pastoral Handbook at the bottom of the page. This document contains Whitgift's policies regarding involvement in school activities, Personal, Social Health and Economic Education (PSHEE), moral and spiritual framework, Child Protection, substance use and misuse, anti-bullying, school uniform, using the Internet, equal opportunities and sanctions.
The Pastoral Structure at Whitgift School
Boys are assigned a Form Tutor whilst in the Lower First and First Forms, and then change Tutors thereafter every two years. The Form Tutor is responsible for the supervision, guidance and care of the pupils in their tutor group, meeting them every morning and afternoon at registration. Form Tutors keep records of attendance and academic progress for each boy in the group, and they are also aware of individual circumstances and needs. Along with other Staff, they are happy to advise boys and their parents about subject options, university applications and career aspirations. First Form and Lower First Form Tutors are assisted by Lower School Prefects who attend Tutor group meetings and assemblies on a regular basis and are available to offer help and advice to younger boys.
Head of Section
Mrs Carter is overall Head of Lower First, First and Second Forms firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 2204
Mr Michael is overall Head of Third, Fourth and Fifth Forms email@example.com ext. 2132
Mr Burnside is overall Head of Sixth Form firstname.lastname@example.org ext.2128
There are eight separate Heads of Year:
Each Head of Year is supported by a Deputy Head of Year and an Assistant Head of Year.
The three Heads of Section work closely with the Assistant Head Pastoral and Boarding, and the Pastoral Deputy. Together, they oversee the pastoral and disciplinary aspects of school life, guiding Heads of Year and Form Tutors, and monitoring the boys’ progress in both academic and co-curricular activities. Individual responsibilities vary but between them they also support the work of the School Chaplain, Reverend Bayes and the Senior Boarding Housemaster, Mr Chaloner. Other key members of pastoral staff include the Senior (Day) Housemaster, Mr Morris, the School Counsellors, Ms Roditi and Mrs Ray, the Medical Centre staff led by Mrs Petschi, the Learning Support Department, led by Mrs Richardson, and the English as an Additional Language Department, led by Dr Ofner.
Senior staff involved in Pastoral Management
The Assistant Head (Pastoral & Boarding), Mr Norris (email@example.com, ext. 2941) is responsible for Staff Duties, the Prefect body, boys' discipline, good conduct and for ensuring that Whitgift boys wear their school uniform properly at all times. He is assisted by the Proctor, Mr Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 2949).
The Pastoral Deputy, Mr Kirby (email@example.com , ext.2777) oversees the pastoral system and is the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. He can offer confidential advice to parents and guardians on suitable external support, where appropriate.
The Deputy Headmaster, Mr Yeo (firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 2911) is responsible for overall supervision of the curriculum, options schemes, timetable and staffing.
The Second Master, Mr Ellis (email@example.com, ext. 2931) takes charge of the day-to-day running of the School.
The Headmaster, Mr Ramsey, has overall responsibility for all members of the School community.