Our aim is to ensure that every child at Embley is the best they can be and we believe that the foundation of their academic ambition, belief and compassion lies in our dedicated focus on pastoral care. We do not compare our students to their peers or with so-called norms, and we strongly believe that every child is unique and deserves the support and recognition that they deserve as they grow.
The importance of our home-school-pupil partnership
Strong relationships are at the heart of effective pastoral care and we place great importance on every aspect of the home-school-pupil partnership. We are proud to have a highly effective team of tutors, Heads of Section, Heads of Boarding, school nurses and school councillors who work closely with our Senior Leadership Team and safeguarding leads to ensure the happiness, wellbeing and safety of every child – and help with any concerns you may have no matter how large or small.
We run a number of programmes and initiatives which include talks, workshops and informal discussion groups that will help equip students with the life skills they need to make well-informed decisions. PSHE lessons are taught across all year groups in the Senior School, covering issues such as internet safety, relationships and bullying and all Year 7 pupils take part in an emotional literacy course.
Furthermore, our programme is enhanced through annual events to help raise awareness, such as Anti-Bullying Week, and we invite expert speakers into school to run workshops, which help to provide engaging information and advice for Embley students and staff. For parents too, we provide a programme of workshops that offer guidance and ideas about how they can support their children at home.
New students are welcomed into one of four houses – Austen, Chichester, Nightingale and Palmerston. Each house provides the chance for our students to make friends, share experiences and develop essential skills such as teamwork and collaboration. Students compete in regular whole-school competitions such as the House Festival, the 10 Mile Cup and Sports Day, as well as smaller competitions each term.
We have a medical centre in the Senior School and a matron who takes care of any minor illnesses and accidents should they happen in school.