In order for boys to thrive at Rokeby, their personal welfare must come first. We aim to ensure that each boy is valued for who he is and for his place within the group. To this end we take pastoral care very seriously.
The first point of contact for pastoral care is the Form Tutor. In addition there are three Heads of Year, respectively for Years 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8 who each have overall responsibility for the pastoral care of the boys in their year groups and deal with matters along with the Form Tutors.
We seek to maintain a well-structured and well-disciplined environment and to this end we have a tried-and-tested rewards and sanctions procedure, which helps boys to stay within clear boundaries of good behaviour. However, our aim is to instil in boys the qualities of kindness and consideration for each other, not merely to 'keep them in line', and by eliminating misbehaviour in relation to all this, to ensure a balanced approach. We believe in openly rewarding good attitudes and encouraging good work and effort by a full and motivating rewards programme.
We have a Director of Pastoral Care, who is the designated Safeguarding Children Officer, and with whom the Form Tutors and Heads of Year liaise regularly. An anti-bullying procedure is pursued rigorously as we are determined to ensure that all boys feel safe and happy at school. We are constantly reviewing and updating our policies and look to the parents to support us in our aims, which are regularly reinforced to the boys in form periods with Personal, Social and Health Education and in assemblies. Most of all, we emphasise that all members of the school exemplify the values which we espouse, especially those of kindness, good manners, friendliness and assertiveness. The School Council of Prefects and House Captains works with the class representatives in all Years to help us to achieve this.