A happy mind in a healthy body
Adolescence is not always an easy time and living in a fast-paced, competitive, affluent urban world brings its own problems. CLS does not shy away from the challenges of the changing world and encourages a culture of openness and honesty about the complexities of growing up.
CLS provides a safe, respectful and thoughtful place for boys to explore, learn and make mistakes in relation to themselves and others, guided by experienced teachers.
We foster resilience, respect, compassion, empathy, courage, adaptability and commitment.
How do we achieve this?
- Pupils are looked after by their form tutor, whom they see every morning and afternoon at registration. The form tutor delivers some elements of the PSHE programme but mainly assists the boys with day-to-day development – from communicating effectively with peers, learning to negotiate conflict to improving organisational skills, and developing good work habits.
- The form tutor is the pupils and parents’ first port of call for any problems. The tutors know the boys extremely well and are adept in dealing with their issues, whether it is a lost pen, or an issue of pastoral or academic concern. Form time is a dynamic twenty-minute period where a stroll from form room to form room will reveal fast-paced games of chess, poetry competitions, fierce debate about newspaper articles, and discussions ranging from football to sexual identity and consent.
- In addition to the tutors we have a Head of Year who oversees the pastoral programme for their year group. We also have a Nurse, two Counsellors and a Pastoral and Wellbeing Advisor to give additional support to pupils who require it.
- The School has a strong, adaptive and dynamic PSHE programme, which is delivered either by form teachers or, in the case of Sex and Relationship Education, by specially trained staff. The PSHE programme encompasses a myriad of areas from family life and managing friendships, parties and drugs and alcohol awareness, teeth hygiene, puberty, developing growth mindset and resilience to mindfulness, risk tasking, brain development, anti-bullying, mental health, developing technologies, careers and transitioning to university. We also invite in specialist speakers to talk to the boys, including Dick Moore on Mental Health and John Hoskinson on Risk.
- We have a Parents’ Forum to explore and discuss the issues facing young people. The Parents' Forum provides a space for parents to debate and share experience of their own challenges as well as providing expert advice from professionals. Recently we have hosted talks from Dr Graham Graham on Technology Addiction, Dr Ann Sharpley on Sleep and Natasha Devon on Mental Health.
- We have worked with Dr Richard Graham (Nightingale Hospital and Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust) on the controversial area of technology addiction. We are aware of the huge benefits of technology and the potential in teaching and learning that it provides, but we are also aware of the challenges that technology poses – the pervasive nature of social media, cyber-bullying and the hyper-stimulation of gaming. We have contributed to research in this area (and continue to do so) so that we can make sure we are enabling pupils and parents to make informed decisions about technology use.
CLS provides a safe, respectful and thoughtful place for boys to explore, discuss & learn.