Pastoral Care

Royal Russell has an excellent reputation for the high standard of pastoral care it offers all our pupils and many parents see this as one of our greatest strengths. 

Royal Russell prides itself on giving bespoke pastoral care to all pupils and on supporting

their family ties.  We encourage an ethos of respect for oneself as well as for others in a supportive, caring and inclusive community.

Pastoral care begins with an underlying ethos of consideration and kindness and is promoted when our staff work collaboratively for the good of the pupils.

Our ethos supports pupils' personal, social and emotional development and a culture of encouraging good behaviour and taking on responsibility.  Pupils then develop self-confidence, learn to keep things in perspective and grow to be resilient.

All pupils are members of one of nine House and these are run by an experienced and sympathetic Housemaster or mistress, and a Deputy, alongside the Tutor team.  All Houses have prefects - senior pupils whose role is primarily pastoral - there is an onsite Medical Centre to deal with any health problems and a School Counsellor to whom pupils may turn to if they wish.  At the heart of the school is the Chapel which provides the moral and spiritual cradle for the whole community, regardless of religious affiliation.

Our Tutoring System also plays an integral part in the day to day life of staff and pupils.  In addition to being members of a House, all pupils have a Tutor who is responsible for their academic and social well-being.  We pride ourselves on how staff set out to develop firm, meaningful, nurturing relationships, which enhance pupil's progress in all areas.

Each pupil is an individual, as well as part of a House. Each needs an individual approach, which can only be developed through open channels of communication and time spent getting to know one another.  Through the regular email and telephone conversations between school and home and the informal chats at school events, we aim to establish warm friendly relationships with parents.  This helps us to understand their child and certainly helps us to deal more effectively with difficulties should they arise.

Our recent Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) inspection reported 'At all ages, pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent, they are self-aware, confident, tolerant and respectful.  Relationships throughout the school are excellent.'

What Our Parents Say:

Pastoral care in the house system is excellent – our son has benefited enormously from the firm but supportive relationship with his year Tutor and House Master – both of whom have made themselves available for discussions with us.

Parental Survey,Year 9 Parent.

The most important reason for choosing Royal Russell for my child was the house system that provides excellent pastoral care in tandem with the church community. The approach to dealing with bullying is fair and effective, and as a parent this is reassuring; knowing that my child is safeguarded but also that he is given clear direction about acceptable behaviour. The social skills fostered at Royal Russell are equally as important as the academic achievement.

Parental Survey, Year 10 Parent.

My daughter has grown much more confident and has developed a keen sense of academic purpose, along with much else all very good that we can attribute to the excellent care and nurturing environment at RR school.

Parental Survey, Year 11 Parent.

Nathalie Hart, Designated Safeguarding Lead 


What our Inspection Report says

The provision for children’s well-being is excellent.  The well-trained staff and friendly, welcoming and purposeful environment strongly promote the welfare of each child.


At all ages, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.  They are self-aware, confident, tolerant and respectful.  Relationships throughout the school are excellent.  Pupils benefit from excellent systems of pastoral care, which depend on all staff to support and guide pupils and contribute to the family atmosphere.


Following scrutiny of records and conversations with pupils, inspectors found that the rare cases of bullying, including cyber-bullying, were handled swiftly and effectively, in line with the school’s robust anti-bullying policy.


Pupils have a clear sense of right and wrong, and they develop strong values and principles.  They acknowledge the need for a code of conduct and for school rules.  They respond well to these and consider them fair. Pupils are self-aware and confident, and appreciate the non-material aspects of life.   


The whole school successfully achieves its aim to nurture, promote and enhance the personal development of the pupils.

ISI Inspection Report 2016