The well-being of all of our pupils is of the utmost importance to us. All staff provide daily pastoral support, which is overseen by the House Parents and the Assistant Head Pastoral, Mr Jamie Matthews. The Head of Boarding, Miss Angie Wright, and the School Chaplain, Revd Mike Wilkinson, are also on hand to support our pupils, whatever their needs.
Concern for every pupil is fundamental to what we do at Kingswood. Our objective is to ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, be it through the academic, artistic, sporting or extra-curricular activities on offer.
We also educate pupils at Kingswood about a variety of topics, such as online safety, sex education, drugs and alcohol awareness, and eating disorders, both through PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) lessons and through tutorials and assemblies.
The House system is at the heart of our pastoral support structure. There are seven Houses, each run by an experienced Housemaster or Housemistress who is supported by a Deputy and a team of tutors. The tutors, who take direct responsibility for individual boarding and day pupils at the School, are the first point of contact for parents. Each student attends regular target setting and review meetings, and communication with home is very much a part of this process as appropriate.
In addition to this, Kingswood offers excellent healthcare facilities. The Medical Centre is available 24 hours a day and staffed by three nurses, with doctors in attendance twice a week. There is also a team of counsellors in school that offer an additional level of support should the need arise. The School also employs an independent listener who is in school on one afternoon each week.
Every adult member of the school community undergoes child protection training, which is updated on an annual basis. The Deputy Head (Pastoral) is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and can be contacted by phoning 07850 620985. If any parent or pupil has a concern, no matter how small, please be assured that we will handle the matter with the utmost sensitivity and provide help as appropriate.
We aim to equip our pupils with a strong set of moral values to guide them through their lives. We base this philosophy on the teaching of our founder John Wesley, that says: "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."
The Chapel was opened in 1922 as a memorial to former pupils and members of staff who died in the First World War. It was dedicated by the Reverend Owen Spencer Watkins, a former pupil who was instrumental in establishing the Royal Army Chaplain’s Department and who served as the first Free Church Honorary Chaplain to the King. The Chapel now also holds memorials to pupils who have been killed in action in the intervening years.
Today, the Chapel is central to daily life at the School. Pupils attend a weekly morning act of worship in year groups. On Fridays, the School community gathers together for the Whole School Service, which often includes a visiting speaker and always includes pupil participation and musical performance. True to our Methodist heritage, we believe that singing together forms a central part of the service. The service provides an opportunity to reflect upon our Christian belief that following the way of Jesus leads to a flourishing life.
Many pupils look back so fondly on their time in Kingswood School’s Chapel that they choose to be married in the Chapel in later life.
The Chaplain, the 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.