A supportive environment
As a sixth form student you will be a member of one of our four day houses which are led by housemasters/mistresses, heads of house and prefect teams, with trophies awarded for regular competitions in sport, music and drama. Divisional and House assemblies take place once a week and you will also be supported by one-to-one tutorials.
Pocklington School has an outstanding reputation for pastoral care and is known to be a friendly caring community.
We aim to ensure you feel safe, secure, understood and valued. Students are encouraged to be self-confident and considerate of the needs of others. All members of the school community, staff, parents and the students themselves have a role to play in maintaining this welcoming atmosphere which is rooted in our Christian ethos. The Chaplain plays a crucial pastoral and spiritual role in our community, and leads us spiritually in regular chapel services.
Pupils show excellent spiritual development, evident in high levels of confidence and demonstrated in their willingness to listen to the views of others as well as express and shape their own idea. All demonstrate an excellent sense of right and wrong with social and moral issues discussed in lessons and activities.
Independent Schools Inspectorate 2013
Although our distinctly Christian ethos informs our straightforward approach to our students and the wider community, we never force our beliefs on anyone, young people from all faiths and none are made welcome. You can talk to any member of staff, and your concerns will be taken seriously. You will also have access to a professional medical team and to a school well-being service and to our own Designated Safeguarding Lead should the need arise.
Parents are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of your education through school events, plays, concerts and parents evenings and will receive regular reports on your academic progress.
Staff are trained in child protection and welfare and regularly run events for parents to consider issues around alcohol, relationships and social networking.
The effect of peer mentoring and mutual support from the students themselves should not be underestimated, it contributes hugely to good pastoral care and the rich sense of community found throughout the school. As a sixth form student, you may become involved in the pastoral care of our younger students and will be given Child Protection training to help you with this role.