Abbey choristers spend much of their time in the public spotlight, so having a friendly, caring and safe environment in school is vital. In so small a community boys and staff naturally get to know each other very well. On a formal level, each boy joins a tutor group – four or five boys across the whole age range who work with a member of staff to support one another. Besides timetabled tutor group sessions the boys are encouraged to look out for one another in daily school life, often forming strong friendships with boys in different year groups in the process.
Each year group also has a Form Teacher who is responsible for keeping a pastoral eye on his or her Form. This will involve discussing academic progress, though equally important is helping with practical day-to-day matters that crop up in school life.
And then there are the house staff and the Chaplain – four resident teachers, two matrons, the Abbey’s Precentor and the Headmaster – all of whom live on site and are on hand in the evenings, if for nothing other than a chat or a game of table tennis.
"Staff promote a relaxed, but nevertheless efficient, atmosphere in which relationships with pupils are warm, friendly and caring and in which the pupils thrive."
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