Kingswood Prep School is child-centred, and this framework drives our motivation to find and celebrate the uniqueness of every individual. We want our children to feel good about themselves, recognise their strengths and constantly develop any areas that they find challenging. Put simply, we want them to reach the highest level to which they aspire.
Pastoral care is central to everything we do at KPS. It both supports and defines our holistic approach towards education. It is a concept that we live and breathe; it is part of the School’s DNA. We recognise and respect that the curriculum and pastoral care are intertwined and directly affect one another.
The School’s Christian values, including kindness, compassion, respect, tolerance and diligence, to mention just a few, are reflected in our School policies and practices and are embodied by our Chaplain, Revd Mike Wilkinson.
Our form tutors also have a key role to play in the emotional, social and academic development of the children, not only in the one-to-one classroom setting, but also as part of the wider school team of teachers, assistants, boarding house staff, matrons, catering and administrative staff, caretakers and ground staff. Together, we honour our collective responsibility to provide a safe and happy environment for the children at KPS. Our motivated staff and excellent staff/pupil ratio allow KPS to create the optimum educational conditions that produce happy and effective learners.
KPS aims to create a curriculum that is challenging and fun, as well as an environment in which children feel safe, happy, comfortable with making mistakes and confident about learning from them.
As part of KPS’s commitment to mental health and children's well-being, staff are working hard to develop our skills in mindfulness, that is, learning to control our attention by focusing on the present moment, rather than allowing thoughts or worries to distract our attention.
As a part of practising mindfulness, we carefully observe colours, shapes and patterns, as well as listen to the world around us. Each of these experiences allows a racing mind to slow down and can provide a sense of calm.
Mindfulness does not just help us feel better; it is also a skill that increases capacity for academic performance. It allows children to manage their internal world, regardless of what they encounter externally.
The Chaplain, Revd Mike Wilkinson, is a Methodist minister who is available to the whole Kingswood community. The Chaplaincy is central to the life of Kingswood School, and the Chaplain acts as Pastor to the Headmaster, staff and pupils. He shares with the School’s Senior Management Team a special responsibility for developing a stimulating and compassionate school community in which, true to the School’s heritage, all individuals are cared for and valued.