At More House a student's emotional and social development is as important as his academic progress. The aim we have for each boy is that each will be at ease with himself and able to confidently play his part in society, able to work effectively in a group and have a well-developed sense both his own worth and respect for the worth of others.
Each student is a member of a pastoral form group and his Form Tutor will guide him sympathetically and gently challenge him to move outside his “Comfort Zone”. There are opportunities for the pastoral groups to work as a team, perhaps to raise funds for our Tanzanian projects. Leadership is encouraged and supported and developed through the school. In Year 9 an introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme is given and many boys take up this particular challenge in Year 10 and beyond. The Sixth Form follow the Amicus leadership programme.
Social and academic progress should go together and each boy has his own Mentor who will monitor and support his academic progress and liaise with his Form Tutor to ensure that this is so. If a boy needs particular help in social skills, this is given by the Learning Development staff. Sex education and relationship training is given at age appropriate levels throughout the school.
The “soft skills“ which are vital for successful career development are encouraged in a wide number of ways both in class and through the extensive extra–curricular programme. Careers guidance is given both by our own Careers Officer and through numerous presentations in assemblies which existing parents and old Boys help with.
Those who board have a Housemaster or Housemistress who live alongside them and assist in their development in the same way as a parent or elder sibling would in a family. When progress is reviewed at the end of each semester, a report is written by the boarding staff on social and personal development as seen in the boarding house.
As each year passes, the challenges to which a boy is exposed will gradually increase whilst always paying great attention to his safety and wellbeing. Thus, we hope, he will be equipped to cope with whatever awaits him in later life.