At Homefield we ensure that the boys are provided with the structure to be confident and self-motivated, with a keen emotional intelligence and sense of moral and civic responsibility. There is a strong and supportive system of pastoral care, anchored by well-established tutorial and House systems. From the Early Years Department through to our Senior School, the boys have significant and high quality contact with pastoral teachers.
Boys thrive on very clear structure, routines, expectations and strong reward. Celebration and respect are paramount and when the boys do well, with either behaviour or study, they can anticipate the admiration of both peers and the wider community. Reward systems are tailored to age and stage and so are highly motivating.
Boys are given early opportunities to exercise leadership through an active School Council and a range of other roles including Form Monitors, Sports Captains and House and School Prefects. They also take part in a wide range of charitable fund-raising initiatives.
As our boys progress through Homefield we support their development through a structured Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) programme. Aspects such as internet and personal safety, relationships, moral dilemmas, current affairs and ethical values are covered to give the boys a rounded understanding of the world and how they fit in. Our programme is also supported by external presentations on topics such as the impact of bullying and more specific relationship education (appropriate to age).
At Homefield we value character development. The boys are encouraged to become positive members of the school and the wider community. The key principles of compassion, respect, critical thinking, resilience, teamwork and citizenship are the bedrock of both the pastoral system and the wider academic curriculum here. Our boys have the opportunity to develop these skills through lessons, residential activity weeks, positions of responsibilities, leading on assemblies and undertaking the Junior Award Scheme for Schools in the latter years at Homefield.
Whether a boy's passion is for the library, the concert hall, the chess board or the rugby field, we understand how best to support and guide them to the next and best school for them. When boys leave us they do so as young leaders, with a love of learning, a quiet confidence and a growing maturity.
Mr Dominic Fitzgerald
Deputy Head Pastoral