Heart Speaks to Heart
The Oratory School's approach to pastoral care has always been rooted in our founder's motto Cor ad cor loquitur. Our community is defined by very strong pastoral care, the nurturing of each individual pupil is at the very heart of school life.
We have a dedicated Deputy Head Pastoral who takes a key role in overseeing the happiness and wellbeing of everyone in the school. Housemasters oversee the pastoral care of the pupils in their houses and meet each week with the Deputy Head Pastoral to discuss any issues or concerns. The Housemaster is supported by a Housemother, who is based within the house during the school day.
Each pupil at The Oratory also has a tutor who, as well as having particular oversight of academic issues, is also a key pastoral support for their tutees. Our resident Chaplain has the care of all pupils regardless of religious affiliation and our School Counsellor is always available. But all our staff are involved in Pastoral Care. Many staff live on site with their families and are heavily involved in the co-curricular life of the school. This helps them get to know pupils outside of the classroom; relationships are strengthened on the sports field, in the theatre, or in the Music department.
From the time they arrive, our aim is to ensure that each Oratory pupil is valued as an individual. The warmth and support of the school enables our pupils to develop a strong self belief and resilience that will support them throughout their life.