At Dunhurst it is a priority to give boys and girls the opportunity and confidence to communicate – to nurture individuality, to develop self-confidence and to thereby produce articulate, enquiring, interesting young men and women.
In the first three years, much of the pastoral care of the 'Groups' is the responsibility of the class teachers who see the children for approximately half of their timetable. In the 'Blocks', the eleven and twelve year olds have a personal tutor who guides them through their academic progress and monitors their general welfare in weekly tutorials.
The system of house staff, tutors, teachers and school counsellors is extremely effective; however, the school has found that some pupils prefer to talk to fellow pupils. Our Peer Listening scheme, started nine years ago after a visit from Childline, offers yet another way for pupils to express any concerns and encourages them to find their own solutions.