When a boy joins the school, he is allocated to a form class and to one of four Houses - Crosby, Dufferin, School or Ward.
There are three groups of staff who have special responsibility for providing pastoral care.
Form Teachers They meet the boys at least once daily for registration.
Heads of Year They support the work of the Form Teachers and oversee the well-being and academic progress of the boys in each Year. The Head of Year will normally stay with his/her Year Group throughout the school. Any concerns about academic progress and pastoral issues should normally be brought to the Head of Year.
Senior Staff One of the Assistant Principals oversees the work of pastoral care and may deal directly with issues of more serious concern. The Vice Principals co-ordinate the provision of pastoral care throughout the school.
An independent qualified counsellor, provided by the Familyworks Counselling Service, is available to the boys one morning each week. We enjoy close working relationships with a range of outside agencies, including North Down YMCA, local churches and PSNI.
There is an expectation of high standards of personal behaviour which are encouraged by a system of positive endorsement and reward. All boys are given guidelines in the form of a code of conduct and school rules and are rewarded for their contribution to the school through school awards, honours, prizes and a system of merits employed from Year 8. While sanctions exist, the basis of managing behaviour is primarily positive rather than punitive.
Designated teachers have the following areas of responsibility: Pupil Mentor Co-ordinator; Special Educational Needs; Child Protection; Health Education; Drugs Education; Relationships and Sexual Education.