The test of a good school is how well it understands and supports boys through their sometimes-difficult teenage years. Our dedicated teachers and carers are keenly interested in the welfare of their pupils. Centred on the tutor system and House communities, a strong, individualised system of pastoral care ensures that every pupil enjoys his time at Taylors’.
Tutors are supported by the Heads of Section, Chaplain and the School Counsellor, who can be contacted independently and confidentially by any pupil or parent. There is also extensive mentoring of younger boys by older ones.
We have extensive, formal mechanisms of support, but boys will often turn to a friend rather than anyone else. The real strength of Merchant Taylors’ is the network of friendships amongst the boys, singled out as ‘outstanding’ in the Inspection Report of 2014. “Pupils demonstrate an exceptional standard of personal development… The outstanding levels of behaviour and the significant generosity shown through so many facets of school life result in well-rounded and mature pupils who make a substantial contribution to the wider society. Relationships between staff and pupils, and among the pupils themselves, are positive and highly respectful throughout. Tutors exercise a key role in supporting their tutees”.
We keep the school rules are kept as simple as possible. Good behaviour is warmly encouraged: unacceptable behaviour dealt with swiftly. Of course, boys are boys, and most will make the odd mistake along the way. That is what learning is all about and the atmosphere here is positive, never punitive.