Pastoral and Wellbeing Support

Pastoral Support

We recognise that these unprecedented times present many challenges to our students and our pastoral teams and all our staff will continue to do all we can to support your child(ren).

In both the Junior and Senior School the new timetable provides a form time session each morning between 8.30-9.00am.

Junior School

The structure of form time will vary across the week, but will include a combination of live video conferencing, MS Teams class chats and team building activities such as whole class quizzes. Form Tutors will also devote one Form Period each week to answering questions or concerns their tutees may have about remote learning, and will give tips and advice.

Form Tutors continue to be the main point of contact for students and parents in their form, on both academic and pastoral matters. Form Tutors will regularly liaise with the Heads of Section (Mrs Chamberlain and Mr Wearmouth), who will also support families during this time.

Form Tutors will also regularly touch base, personally, with each of their tutees via email; students are also welcome to contact their tutors directly by email. Junior School Staff Contact Details. 

Students will continue to receive weekly recorded assemblies, the ‘Foxbury Gazette’ and Mr Houghton’s Chapel services; direct links to these will be send to their email inbox, which should be checked daily.

Senior School

During form time tutors will be available online and able to meet with tutees through video conferencing on Microsoft Teams. Students can also view assemblies, chapel services and complete a range of age appropriate activities during these sessions. Form Tutors will make individual contact via email with their tutees on a weekly basis and Heads of Year and Heads of Section will be calling home to speak to students and offer personalised support.

As ever, the Form Tutor is the first port of contact for students and parents who have general concerns with organisation, IT issues or keeping abreast of online learning. For more serious concerns, for example, persistent stress or anxiety or changes in the family circumstances, please contact the Head of Year or Head of Section.

Our wider pastoral team will continue to engage with students remotely and can be accessed via email in the first instance:

Emotional and Physical Wellbeing

We know that many of our students and parents have enjoyed reading and taking part in the activities included in the first two editions of the Foxbury Gazette. We will continue to publish this on a fortnightly basis throughout the period of school closure and will use this as a means of signposting students to a range of support networks available to them.

Good routines that include time for social interaction with peers and physical exercise are vitally important to maintain the wellbeing of our students. Our Eltham@home timetable includes a weekly Games session and the PE department will post regular activities and tips on how students can stay physically active and healthy during this time.

At the start of the Summer Term the co-curricular programme will be launched in a virtual form, with as many clubs and societies meeting through Microsoft Teams as possible. New competitions and initiatives will be rolled out as the term progresses to ensure our Houses continue to flourish and maintain their unique sense of identities, until school can resume.

For more information follow @ECWellbeing on Twitter or for more information about the wellbeing support available by external organisations visit our useful resources page.

Foxbury Gazette Edition One

Foxbury Gazette Edition Two

Foxbury Gazette Edition Three

Foxbury Gazette Edition Four

Foxbury Gazette Edition Five

Who to contact during the period of school closure

IssueContact Information
General concerns: for example, problems with organisation, lost property, minor friendship problems, mild anxiety, administrative change in family circumstancesPlease email your child's Form Tutor
More serious concerns: for example, peer pressure, bullying, persistent feelings of stress or anxiety, important changes in family circumstancesPlease email the Deputy Head of Section:

Lower School
Year 7 and 8 Miss Penny Caudle:

Middle School
Year 9, Miss Elena Haste

Year 10, James Chesterton:

Year 11, Mr Christian Devellerez:

Sixth Form
Lower Sixth
Ms Melinda Pokorny:

Upper Sixth
Mr Paul Angel:

OR the relevant Section Head
Lower School
Mr Freddie Meier

Middle School
Mr Les Watts

Sixth Form
Mr Scott Milne
Reports or grades, or academic issuesPlease email your child's Form Tutor in the first instance.
Medical issues

Updating medical history, communicating physical or mental health needs.
Please email the Lead Nurse Mrs Cheryl Cartwright:
Safeguarding or child protection concernsPlease email the Deputy Head Pastoral, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Ann Massey:
Public ExaminationsDeputy Head Academic, Mr James Martin or Director of Studies, Mr Ed Wright
University applicationsMr Andrew Hon
TripsMr James Willatt, Assistant Head, Co-Curricular:
School fees and billingIn the first instance, please email the Finance Officer
Mrs Jo Baltruschat: