Pastoral Care and Houses

Pastoral care is an essential element of life in the Senior School and allows us to ensure that we are a genuine community. Central to this is the strong relationship students have with their tutor. The role of the tutor is given great weight both in terms of providing pastoral care and acting as an academic mentor. Tutors are committed to ensuring the welfare of students and have the firm belief that they should know the students personally, rather than simply keep information about them.

housesThere are 16 Houses (4 Boarding and 12 Day Houses). The Housemasters and Housemistresses ensure that student behaviour and academic progress are carefully monitored, and work closely with tutors to ensure that students receive support when they need it. Tutor groups are organised according to House. The Housemasters/Housemistresses ensure that there are a wonderful variety of events on offer that range from sports, to cultural events and team building afternoons.

The Housemasters/Housemistresses are assisted by a School Counsellor, who not only works with children who require guidance, but also helps with the delivery of PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education).  Staff support, advise and guide children in conjunction with our Child Protection Policy.

Each tutor group has a representative who regularly communicates with the Housemaster/Housemistress. In addition, a peer mentoring system (PALs) not only helps to develop relationships between Upper Years students and younger children, but also fosters a caring attitude in the school.

There is no typical student in JIS but we do encourage good manners, tolerance and social responsibility. Our philosophy is that students should become well rounded people who respect one another and the community around them. Above all, we want to create students who take an active part in their school and who believe that they can make a difference.