One of the most important features of the Wadhurst community is our focus on relationships between students themselves, and between students and staff. Our staff have a passion for middle years education and an ability to adapt to the developmental needs of this age group.
How we build the Wadhurst community
The majority of Wadhurst students spend time with their key teachers every school day. By limiting the number of teachers students interact with, we ensure they feel able to approach staff to ask questions and discuss challenges, and that staff are actively observing each student’s progress throughout the school year. Along with a dedicated tutor, students also have support from our School Chaplain, our campus psychologist and senior teaching staff.
Our House system is another important element in maintaining quality pastoral care during Years 7 and 8. Within our community of approximately 350 boys, students are also part of a House of around 90 students each. House activities are a way to intentionally build relationships in the early stages of Year 7 and throughout the middle school years.
Providing richness in terms of educational opportunities is another aspect of providing quality pastoral care for our students. We know that once students find an activity or subject area that intrinsically motivates them, they will also find others who share their enthusiasm and with whom they can continue to learn, and a teacher whose care and expertise they can rely on. From drama and music ensembles to sporting teams and chess club, students have a wide range of opportunities to try out and share new areas of interest with like-minded peers.
In addition to the care provided by classroom teachers, a registered psychologist is based at Wadhurst to assist boys with personal and educational challenges, while spiritual guidance is provided by the Wadhurst Chaplain.
Our Health Centre is staffed by trained medical staff who are able to deal with day to day health issues and can provide an alternate place of respite for some students.