Pastoral Care

A child will be successful when they are happy and confident and we aim to provide this foundation for learning for each child.

Every pupil in the school has a Form or Personal Tutor who is the first point of contact for both the pupil and parents. In the Lower School there is also additional support from the Head of Lower School (3s - 8s) and Senior Tutors in the Middle School (9s and 10s) and Senior School (11s and Top Year). The whole pastoral system is supported by the Deputy Head of Pastoral who oversees all pastoral and discipline issues.

Every member of our staff is inducted into our Child Protection policy and the family atmosphere in School is based on the care shown to each child. In the Boarding House the Boarding Housemaster and Housemistress act as parents to take care of the welfare and happiness of pupils, and are well supported by a team of resident staff in the Boarding House, the school grounds and the village. We also have qualified Nurses running our surgery during school hours.

Pastoral Care is monitored by form teachers and Personal Tutors, House staff and also at each staff meeting. We operate an appropriate anti-bullying policy and parents are encouraged to speak to the School if their child/children are unhappy for any reason. Matters are dealt with by having the welfare of the whole community at heart.

The Swanbourne Way is a set of expectations and values that pupils and staff at Swanbourne hold. It is used as a point of reference for pupils so that they understand what is expected of them. 


At Swanbourne House, we believe that every individual has the right to fulfil their potential and attach considerable importance to ensuring pupils’ wellbeing. As part of our commitment to the good mental and emotional wellbeing of our pupils, we have a School Counsellor, Mrs Rushton, who pupils may talk to. Counselling in school provides pupils and staff with a safe, confidential space to explore various issues and can enable individuals to achieve their potential both academically and personally. Mrs Rushton is a former Swanbourne House parent and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is available on Monday and Thursday between 11:00am and 2:00pm to see pupils and can be contacted on For more information, please see our Counselling Policy