Pastoral Care is of paramount importance at Bromley High. For the girls to succeed they need to feel happy and valued as individuals. At all stages our girls are encouraged to respect themselves and others and to display a positive and caring attitude.
We pride ourselves on knowing each girl well and there are several ways in which the girls can feel comfortable making their voice heard. Communication between home and school is vital and we encourage parents to be actively involved.
We aim to foster a sense of community and most days begin with an assembly which is led by a member of staff, a visitor or the girls themselves. These assemblies explore British and moral values or topical news and are also an opportunity to celebrate individual and group achievements, including the weekly presentation of the House Cup.
Our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) programme, delivered in all year groups, incorporates elements of critical thinking, philosophy and the Positive Project to develop pupils’ qualities and attributes as individuals, family and community members and to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to live healthy, safe, responsible and balanced lives now and in the future.
Maya, the Pastoral puppy
Maya is a solid-liver, short-haired German Pointer, and joined the school in 2018. Named by the girls, Maya brings a fun, warm and comforting presence in the Pastoral Team. As part of our reward system, the girls have the opportunity to walk with Maya through our extensive grounds.
We have four Houses in the Junior School which are named after female authors: Austen, Brontë, Rowling and Crompton. Each House is led by a team of three Captains from Year 6, who are democratically elected twice a year by all the girls from Reception upwards. The staff team then votes for two girls to become Head Girl and Deputy.
Being part of a House gives the girls a sense of belonging and they enjoy working together as a team to raise money for charities and to take part in house competitions and sporting events.
The girls can gain house points for hard work and perseverance and also for being helpful and considerate. Excellent pieces of work and effort in all areas of school life are awarded with commendations.
Every class from Reception to Year 6 has a representative o n the School Council. These girls are elected by the members of their class and stand for half the school year, after which another set of girls is elected.
The School Council meets twice a term to discuss matters put forward by any girl via their class representative. The meetings are minuted and available for the whole school community to see.
Suggestions which have recently been implemented include changes to the menu at lunchtime, extra clocks around the school, lower ventilation handles in the cloakroom, new playground equipment and new indoor playtime games. A key project has been to review and update the Golden Rules to become more affirmative and reflect all areas of school life.