Every child is special and we are committed to nurturing each pupil to become well-grounded, confident and happy. Through a warm and supportive environment and excellent relationships between staff and pupils, we teach each individual to respect and care for herself and others. Our inclusive ethos helps girls to become open-minded, outward-looking young people with high personal standards of integrity.
Our Deputy Head Pastoral and Co-curriculum leads the key adults who support pupils’ pastoral needs. Form tutors provide help and guidance, supported in Pre-Prep by teaching assistants. Our school chaplain and nurse are integral to our pastoral care.
Somewhat unusually for a day school, STAHS operates a House system very similar to that which is offered at the best boarding schools. All pupils are in one of four Houses –Julian, Mandeville, Verulam and Paris. Ensuring that every girl has an opportunity to lead is important to us, so all our Year 6 pupils have positions of responsibility within their Houses and we encourage them to give back. The House system is used for sports competitions, and pupils earn rewards for their Houses through good behaviour and attitude to learning.
Within each House there are House Families comprised of pupils from Reception to Year 6 and headed by a member of staff. These families enjoy activities together at regular intervals through the year, allowing students to make friendships across year groups and giving older pupils opportunities to mentor and support the younger ones. Girls stay in their Houses when they move to STAHS Senior, further strengthening the bonds with others in the House and embedding an identity that stays with them for life when they become alumni.