Pastoral Care

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Exeter Cathedral School
The Chantry, Palace Gate
Exeter, EX1 1HX

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Exeter Cathedral School is known throughout the city and beyond for its exceptionally high quality 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 Exeter Cathedral School 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:


The Headmaster: Mr James Featherstone

Overall responsibility for the welfare and wellbeing of pupils. Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.


Deputy Head (pupils): Mrs Emma Ross

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


Head of Nursery: Mrs Kate Newland

Responsible for the pastoral care and wellbeing of all pupils in our Nursery.


Head of Pre-Prep: Mrs Heidi Lawford

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.


Head of Lower Years (Years 3-5): Miss Jess Hinds

Responsible for the pastoral care and wellbeing of all Lower Years pupils (Years 3, 4 and 5).


Head of Upper Years (Years 6-8): Mr Cedric Baurance

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


Head of Boarding: Miss Tamsin Bullocke

Responsible for the wellbeing, pastoral care and medical needs of pupils when they are boarders.

Head of Learning Support: Mrs Clare Standing

Responsible for Learning Support throughout the school.


Independent Listener

A volunteer who is available to all pupils (particularly boarders) as a listening ear on the end of a telephone.


School Nurse: Miss Emma Pearse

Oversees the medical care of all pupils during the school day.

Interested in enrolling at Exeter Cathedral School?

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the admissions process, or simply about life at Exeter Cathedral School in general.

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