The pastoral care of pupils at Eaton Square Kensington was judged as excellent following a recent ISI Inspection in June 2017.
At Eaton Square Kensington, we value each child as an individual. Our family ethos and tight communication systems within the school and home ensure all the children’s needs are highlighted and catered for.
When welcoming new children to Eaton Square Kensington, each child is provided with an induction pack that informs them about the teachers, what time the school day starts and ends, the correct uniform and most importantly where the guinea pigs live! When beginning a new class, children are allocated a ‘buddy.’ Together, they will embark on a tour of the school where the important places are pointed out and information is provided about our ‘worry boxes’ and what they should do if they have a concern. All children are informed that they can talk to any teacher about their worries; the Deputy and Headmistress are available to speak to all the children and ensures that they are aware of this through assemblies and PSHE lessons.
The Worry Box
A Worry Box is located in our school hallway where children can write a note and post it in if they would like to talk to someone. It is checked regularly, and the Headmistress meets with any children who would like to chat.
PSHE lessons take place on a weekly basis for all year groups. Topics change depending on current issues and needs of the children; however, general themes that we cover are friendships, coping with change, keeping safe, making the right choices, self-worth and self-esteem. In addition to this, we follow a Mindfulness programme where the children are taught ways in which to cope with and manage stress. Eaton Square Kensington aims to raise resilient, compassionate children.
The Kindness Tree
You will notice when you visit that we have a Kindness Tree along our entrance hall. We teach the children to be kind, considerate and thoughtful members of the community and each time that they are shown to be doing this, they are awarded a kindness apple in assembly. This hangs on the tree to show what they have achieved.
The children are provided with opportunities to mix with different age groups. Reading buddies are put in place across the school where different Forms assist with younger years. The children have so much to offer and can learn huge amounts from one another, young and old.
Tea and Toast
Each week, Form 6 pupils enjoy Tea and Toast with the Headmistress in her office. They are taught basic etiquette and manners, including how to look after guests. The children frequently have visitors join them for Tea and Toast including Heads from Senior Schools and even the Mayor of Westminster! In addition to this, in the summer term, the children have Life Skills lessons where they are taught to manage money, carry out basic cooking, think about careers for the future and even iron a shirt!
Eaton Square Kensington has its very own Eco-Committee. This is represented by pupils, teachers and parents. They work together on a monthly basis to find ways in which to improve the school environment and how we can make it ‘greener.’ We recently had a competition between Lower School and Upper School to see who creates the least waste during lunch!