The Pastoral Office is based in the heart of the school and is there to support teaching and learning by promoting wellbeing and working with staff, children, families and other agencies. A high quality of Pastoral Care is central to our ethos at Reading Girls’ School (RGS); it underpins everything that we do and along with a high quality of teaching and learning, it is what our community is all about.
Working with families can help to unravel any difficulties and allow us to work together in the best interest of the child.
Our Pastoral aims include:
- being a school where the well-being of everyone is the prime concern of each member of our community
- supporting a learning community in which children, young people and adults can realize their full potential
- providing a safe, stimulating and enriching environment where everyone is able to enjoy his/her best possible health and well-being
- encouraging students to grow up to be responsible, active members of their community
- promoting emotional intelligence
- promoting regular attendance and good behaviour as pre-conditions for maintaining high standards of achievement
- each child being encouraged to develop her own individuality whilst learning also that personal freedom involves responsibility to others
- promoting a values-based PSHEE curriculum which helps to give a firm moral basis in these times when so many attitudes, beliefs and ethics are questioned daily
- providing equal opportunities for all pupils regardless of ability, religion, race, culture
- encouraging tolerance and understanding between all members of our community
- a clear understanding that effort, kindness and good manners will be valued
- developing an understanding of being responsible for oneself
- fostering the kind of community where everyone helps each other and looks after our environment
It is not possible for any written text to reflect the quality of life in a particular school. Many visitors comment on the friendliness of people at RGS and the purposeful relationships which exist between staff and pupils. We aim to have equipped RGS students leaving us at the end of Year 11 with self-confidence, the ability to problem-solve, an awareness of their own feelings and those of others, and enough self-control and self-discipline to manage effectively the often turbulent years of adolescence and life after school.