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Pastoral Care

Exeter Cathedral School is known throughout the city and beyond for the exceptionally-high quality of its pastoral care. Pastoral Care and Pupil Wellbeing are at the forefront of all that we do, and we believe very firmly that happy children are best-placed to be successful learners and engaged members of the community.

At ECS we take pride in the fact that we know your child: our small class sizes and the expertise of our staff ensure that each and every one of our pupils is known and valued as an individual. It matters to us very much that our pupils are happy; and resilient and self-aware enough to recognise when they are not and to ask for help. Our carefully-structured pastoral care system, and the dedicated and highly-skilled staff with key pastoral responsibilities, mean that pupil wellbeing and welfare is always top of our priority list.

The first port of call for pupils or parents when it comes to pastoral matters is usually the keyworker (Nursery), the class teacher (Pre-Prep) or the Form Tutor (Prep). Working alongside them to ensure closely-monitored and tailor-made pastoral care is our team of specialist pastoral staff:

Head of Nursery: Mrs Eleanor Oelmann
Responsible for the pastoral care and wellbeing of all pupils in our Nursery.

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Head of Pre-Prep: Mrs Liz Bowles
Responsible for the pastoral care and wellbeing of all pupils in the Pre-Prep; oversight of the pastoral provision to all Nursery and Pre-Prep children. Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

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Head of Lower Years (Years 3-5): Mrs Trudy Porter
Responsible for the pastoral care and wellbeing of all Lower Years pupils (Years 3, 4 and 5).

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Head of Upper Years (Years 6-8): Mr James Meeke
Responsible for the pastoral care and wellbeing of our senior pupils (Upper Years: Years 6, 7 and 8).

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Head of Boarding: Mr Cédric Baurance
Responsible for the wellbeing, pastoral care and medical needs of pupils when they are boarders.

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Independent Listener: Rev’d Eliza Gutman
A volunteer who is available to all pupils (particularly boarders) as a listening ear on the end of a telephone.

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School Chaplain: Mrs Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
Oversees the provision of Christian worship, and opportunities for Mindfulness & Meditation across the School.

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Chorister Tutor: Mr Sean Fitzpatrick
Responsible for the day-to-day pastoral care and wellbeing of the Choristers.

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School Matron: Mrs Mandy Bennett
Oversees the medical care of all pupils during the school day.

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Deputy Head (pupils): Mrs Sarah Reddington
Responsible for the pastoral care and wellbeing of all pupils, including Pupil Voice and the School Council. Responsible for Child Protection (Designated Safeguarding Lead).

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The Headmaster: Mr James Featherstone
Overall responsibility for the welfare and wellbeing of pupils. Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

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