Our excellent pastoral care is a key part of what makes PHC such a special place for students.

We ensure students have direct responsibility for implementing changes they want and believe in. 

The formal pastoral structure is provided by the Assistant Head (Pastoral), Heads of Key Stage, Form Tutors and Boarding House Staff. All new students are helped to settle in by our buddy system. For Year 7, this is a student from the year above, who acts as a mentor and friend for students in other year groups as student from their form.

Students have nominated members of staff to whom they can go to for advice and support. We also have a school counsellor. 

We believe in the importance of a spiritual and moral education. Whilst we are a Church of England school, we welcome students of all religions and support their wishes to observe festivals, diets and traditions. 

House System

With an emphasis on nurturing and encouragement, the House System is the epicentre of our community spirit. Every student is allocated to one of our three Houses:

  • Gloucester
  • Windsor
  • York

The House System offers a platform for students across the year groups to work together in creative endeavours, co-curricular activities and fun competitions; whether it be choreographing a House dance or researching for public speaking.

Service and Volunteering

Through PSHE and our Enrichment Programme, pupils are encouraged to participate in activities such as charity work, community service, volunteering and National Citizen Service. These foster a sense of responsibility towards themselves and others and focus their attention on the world beyond school.

For more information about our Enrichment Programme please visit our co-curricular page.


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