We want to bring out the best in every boy. We do this by working hard to ensure your son is happy, safe, healthy, takes part in the life of the school, works hard, and respects other people. We aim to instil in him a spirit of tolerance, mutual understanding and an awareness of the needs of others. Bullying is not tolerated.
Throughout the school the principles of good behaviour are stressed by the Headmaster and Head of Juniors and reinforced by all members of staff. All boys are expected to act with thought and consideration, and a good standard of manners and personal appearance is encouraged as a reflection of pride in oneself and respect for other people.
The Head of Juniors, Juliet Tovey, is the person responsible for pastoral care in Reception to Year 3 and the Assistant Head (Pastoral), Martyn Miller, is responsible for Years 4 to 8. Martyn Miller is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The class teacher in the juniors (Reception to Year 3) and the form tutor in the seniors (Years 4 and above) is the front-line pastoral carer and meets boys on a daily basis, taking registration, checking the homework diary and sorting out any immediate problems the boys may have. Buddies are appointed to help new boys settle in and prefects in Year 6 and Year 8 support the staff by helping to supervise lunch sittings and lining up at the end of break time.
In the seniors (Year 4 and above) a copy of The Mall Code is displayed in every classroom and is included in the boys’ homework diaries. This also forms the focus of several assemblies in the autumn term which highlight the manner in which boys from The Mall are expected to conduct themselves. In the infants and juniors, The Mall Promise is used. Form tutors and class teachers discuss these expectations with the boys.
Boys at The Mall are encouraged to voice their concerns and express their views. The pupil council, chaired by the Head Boys, gives boys an opportunity to discuss what really matters to them such as lunch menus or playground equipment. The recently formed Personal Development Time in the seniors allows boys an opportunity to unwind, be still and share feelings in a small group with a staff mentor.