Welcome to the Victoria College Pastoral Website

Mr Gosling is the Assistant Headmaster Pastoral who has overall responsibility for pastoral care for Years 7 to 11 with the Head of Sixth Form taking responsibility for pastoral care in Year 12 and Year 13.

Pastoral care is a broad area and covers many issues such as child protection and student well-being. If you have any concerns the first point of contact would normally be your son's Form (or class) Tutor, who he sees every day. However, Mr Gosling and the Housemasters listed below will always be available to discuss pastoral concerns and associated issues:

Mr M Gosling - Assistant Headteacher, Pastoral.
tel: 01534 638212

Housemasters -

Pastoral care is an essential element of the school and is taken very seriously. The systems we have developed to look after students' wellbeing are set firmly in place to ensure any student joining the School is well cared for and monitored throughout their education. The school well-being co-ordinator Miss Bryan works very closely with the Learning Support Unit (LSU) to support students across the school with a range of learning and emotional issues. This work is further supported by Housemasters, Academic Heads of Year and Form Tutors.   

Victoria College places great emphasis on the development of team and community spirit which is strengthened by the use of House Rooms. This has provided even more opportunities for pupils to mix with others outside their year group, and develop friendships outside their form. 

The pastoral system at VCJ is designed to ensure pupils have the support they need and know who to approach should they need additional advice. Communication between staff is very important and allows us to appreciate every student as an individual. Staff will respond as quickly as possible to any situation when extra help or support is needed.

Our varied PSHE programme anticipates some of the challenges appropriate to each age group and helps further develop emotional literacy. Boys in Year 11 and in Year 12 are trained and act as Peer Mentors, so that issues can be raised in a supportive and more informal setting. We also have a School Counsellor available to see students every Thursday if required. We welcome contact with parents and again we will respond as quickly as possible to queries and concerns.

Each boy belongs to a House, which works to raise considerable amounts of money for its chosen charities. There are many opportunities to develop leadership and teamwork skills, within forms, the House system, and later on, as Prefects. 

The school takes the safeguarding of our students very seriously and Victoria Collegeis committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow clearly defined procedures to ensure that our pupils receive effective support, protection and justice. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all our pupils and recognise that each pupil's welfare is of paramount importance.

We aim:

  •  to ensure that children within our school feel safe at all times
  • to ensure that all stakeholders are safe and feel that they are able to put the welfare of the children first without concern that there will be any negative consequences attached to their actions
  • to ensure that all adults who have contact with children in school have been properly vetted and cleared as suitable to work and support children in our care/charge.
  • to ensure that all adults who have contact with children in school have been trained to undertake their safeguarding responsibilities effectively.