Parental Masterclasses

In 2015 Wellington was awarded the prize for Boarding Initiative of the Year at the TES Independent School Awards in recognition of the pioneering Parental Masterclasses organised on a weekly basis during term time.

Wellington is committed to keeping the channel of communications between pupils, the school and parents as open as possible for the duration of a family’s relationship with the College, in the knowledge that pastoral care is always most effectively delivered when there is a consistent approach to issues both at home and at school.

One way in which we have sought to nurture ever stronger relationships with the families of Wellingtonians is through our weekly Parental Masterclasses which take place on most Saturday mornings during term time. The aim of these sessions is to engage regularly with parents on a variety of pastoral topics which affect the lives of teenagers and about which parents may wish to learn more. Topics have included digital media, coaching, resilience, teenage eating and food choices.

In 2015, these Masterclasses were described as “a simple yet effective way to engage parents in a key area of the school’s responsibilities” by the judging panel at the TES Independent School Awards where the accolade for Boarding Initiative of the Year was awarded to Wellington.

Mrs Delyth Lynch, Deputy Head Pastoral, who conceived and launched the Masterclass programme was delighted to receive the award from Michael Portillo at a black-tie event in London.