Pastoral: Durham School: independent day and boarding school in the North East of England for boys and girls
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If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident.

Confidence for Life is our unofficial motto, and it is through our excellent system of pastoral care that we aim to ensure that every Durham School pupil arrives at the end of their time with us ready and well-prepared for a happy and successful future. We consider Durham School to be a family, and, as such, we believe that everyone has their role to play in pastoral care.  Our entire staff body - teachers, nurses, estates, catering, cleaning and support staff - receives annual Child Protection training and is involved in playing a full and active part in offering support and enouragement to our pupils.  Around our pupils is a network of pastoral and academic staff, all of whom know them well, celebrate their achievements, and provide guidance and practical help.  We empower our pupils to contribute to the strength and happiness of our community through House and School Councils, surveys, peer mentoring, PSHE lessons and presentations, Tutor Time and House Meetings, and there is a high level of pupil participation in these forums and activities.  Good communication with parents and guardians is a crucial part of the pastoral care we provide; staff maintain regular contact with parents, and we host a range of information evenings, presentations and meetings to involve parents in their children's lives at School.   Our warm, inclusive and stimulating environment in which children can thrive and be happy is something we value and nurture, and makes Durham School the unique and flourishing place it is. 

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