Barker is big enough and diverse enough for everybody to find their place, but the pastoral care system is well enough articulated to ensure individual care.
Our Pastoral Care system sees the welfare of students as the responsibility of all staff, with key staff in House and Year leadership roles having overarching responsibility for students’ care. Our focus is on the well-being of the whole student; the academic, personal and social.
At the core of a student’s school experience is the sense of belonging they gain from being a part of a community. The sense of unity that students from Pre-K – Year 12 gain from being a member of a House is genuine and helps students connect with each other, often bridging year groups. In Pre-K to Year 6, the class teacher is the primary pastoral carer, supported by our specialist teachers and support staff.
Pastoral Care assists with the improvement of social cohesion which in turn can enhance a student’s overall sense of well-being and connectedness. Research suggests that a strong relationship with pastoral care leaders is paramount to creating a sense of belonging and academic morale. With the size of a pastoral unit at approximately 22 students, every student at Barker is known and cared for.
Research suggests that a strong relationship with pastoral care leaders is paramount to creating a sense of belonging and academic morale.
Barker's Chaplains are available to meet with students and their families to discuss personal issues that may arise from time to time. Pastoral matters are also addressed in Chapel services, in the classroom and during Christian studies lessons. Barker's Youth Workers also provide pastoral support for individual students during lunchtime activities such as Cru (Crusaders) Group. They offer a listening ear, words of encouragement and a Christian perspective to students. Students and parents are welcome to contact the School Chaplain.