The Year Heads lead their teams of Tutors, and have overall responsibility for the academic and pastoral wellbeing of the pupils in their age groups. All of the Year Heads work in close co-operation with the Tutors, House Parents, Senior Teachers and Senior School Head Master to ensure the well-being of all pupils at Kent College.
The Pastoral Network
The staff listed above are part of a much wider network of pastoral support. Pupils may also seek help or advice from:
- Prefects or other trustworthy senior pupils
- Year 9 and 10 Mentors
- House Parents and House Tutors
- The Chaplain
- The Head
Sometimes a pupil may want to talk to someone who is not involved in the running of the school and he or she may ask for an appointment with the Counsellors.
- Clare Mounter is available on Mondays
- Jayne Gledstone is available on Fridays.
- Pupils can make an appointment through the Sister on duty in the Medical Centre or the Year Head.
- Alternatively, they may also contact the counsellors by:
- leaving a note in their postbox in the Medical Centre
- leaving a written request in the Medical Centre or with the Chaplain
- emailing - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In addition, there is a ‘drop-in’ service for which no appointment is required on Monday at 1-1.30 and on a Friday at 1-1.30. There is also an Independent Listener, Mrs Hilary Brian (07779347969), who is introduced to the school at the start of each year.
Competitive School Houses
The four competitive School Houses form another important part of the pastoral life of the whole school. All pupils and staff of the Senior School belong to one of these Houses, which are called Augustine, Becket, Chaucer and Marlowe.
Each House has a staff and a pupil Head. The Heads of the Houses, together with their pupil committees, organise a wide variety of House competitions and activities, and all pupils are encouraged to participate in these. In addition pupils may earn House points for academic and extra-curricular merit, all of which contribute to the inter-House competition. Each term a cup is awarded in Final Assembly to the school House with the most House points for that term.
Pupils take great pride in representing their school House. Everyone in a Tutor Group is in the same House, and girls wear House badges, while boys wear House ties. House competitions range from drama and music, to chess, problem-solving, photography, sport, art and spelling bees.