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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care


From Support

To Independence

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The Pastoral System at Tonbridge is based around a very strong House system, clear expectations and strong and positive relationships between boys, staff and parents. Fostering an atmosphere in which all members of the community look out for each other is at the heart of all that we do.

At the centre of our system are the twelve Housemasters. The Housemaster is the focal point of a boy’s life at Tonbridge, being responsible for the boys’ academic progress and for his pastoral well-being. 

Housemasters are supported by a tutor team attached to each House, with Matrons in the Boarding House teams. The way the House system at Tonbridge operates enables us to focus on the needs of each individual boy and to monitor his progress and development closely. No one gets lost in the system, as a Housemaster gets to know the boys and their families well and is able to respond quickly to issues should they arise.  Importantly, all boys become an integral part of a smaller community within the school and, tellingly, every boy believes fervently that he is in the best House!

The Pastoral System extends beyond the House, with an overlapping yet complementary range of systems and people whose role is to support and care for the boys. These include our 24-hour on-site Medical Centre, the Chaplaincy, a dedicated school counsellor and support networks among the boys, such as the Anti-Bullying Council.

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The House System

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Our houses, matrons and housemasters are at the very heart of school life.