GSA Girls' Boarding & Day School 11–18

Priorsfield Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2RH

Tel: +44 (0)1483 810551

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is one of the strengths of Prior's Field. Pupils join one of three tutor groups (of approximately 20) in the first year, and staff and girls get to know each other quickly. Relationships are based on mutual trust, respect and understanding. A network of support throughout the school is an important feature, with older pupils playing an important role. A well established induction programme is in place, including a first form residential trip to Shropshire during the first term.

Each form has a Sixth Form Prefect to work closely with the girls. The first three years [Key Stage 3] are called Lower School. Tutors in the second form move with their forms into the third form. Girls in the fourth and fifth form, [Key Stage 4] also keep the same form tutors for two years. This section of the school is known as Upper School.

In the Sixth Form, tutor groups are much smaller (7 or 9) and girls meet both as a group and individually with their tutors. All tutors meet with their Head of Year and the Pastoral Deputy Head to make sure that the girls' personal, social and academic progress is closely and regularly monitored.

Girls can discuss issues with their form tutor, Sixth Form Prefect, either of the two School Nurses, the School Doctor, the School Counsellor, Head of Boarding, Deputy Head or Head.

The 'Listening Tree' illustrates the support in place so that girls can choose with whom to discuss their issues.


The Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education programme (PSHEE) in Lower School takes place once a week and covers a range of important topics from friendship, puberty, healthy eating, keeping fit, making choices and environmental issues to personal moral codes and internet safety. Sessions are delivered by Form Tutors, school nurses and a range of visiting speakers and experts.

In Upper School and the Sixth Form, careers education, citizenship, personal safety, sexual health, drinking and drugs education have a higher profile. Topics such as surviving on a student loan, First Aid, car maintenance, politics and interview techniques have also proved popular. Sixth Formers are encouraged to lead and support PSHEE sessions with the younger girls.

Controversial and sensitive issues are addressed through stimulating, lively debate and discussion. Girls are encouraged to think widely, articulate their views and challenge those of others.

To read an overview of our PSHEE programme, please click here.

ISI Inspection: "Staff are committed to providing the best levels of care and know the pupils as individuals"

"The school operates as a whole community in which there will always be someone to listen if another needs to speak."

"Pupils are appreciative of the care shown by their teachers and, in turn, care for others."