Giggleswick prides itself on excellent standards of pastoral care and the School is renowned for its happy and supportive environment, where children feel safe and secure. The welfare of our children is paramount and this is reflected in our ISI inspection reports. Our staff are committed to guiding and supporting our pupils in the School’s values of participation, respect and ambition.
We believe a pupil’s wellbeing and happiness is founded upon positive physical, intellectual, emotional, social and behavioural development. In particular, we work hard to maintain an open and trusting community in which pupils feel able to approach any member of the community (staff or pupil) knowing that each pupil and each member of staff has the right to be treated as an individual and with respect by other pupils and staff.
The school has agreed and understood expectations and policies and has a Designated Safeguarding Lead with responsibility for all child protection, safeguarding and welfare issues: Anthony Simpson, Deputy Head.
All pupils belong to a House system and there are seven Houses run by a team House and teaching staff to support the pastoral needs and academic progress of every child. The Housemaster or Housemistress is responsible for the general welfare of each child and the Matron in each House helps with all day-to-day domestic, wellbeing and health matters. In addition, all pupils are assigned a tutor who they meet with every week to discuss academic and pastoral issues.
Day to day discipline is managed by the pupil’s tutor and Housemasters/Housemistresses and any serious breaches are dealt with by the Deputy Head or Headmaster and always in consultation with the Housemasters/ Housemistresses.
For pupils who become ill there is a fully-staffed health centre, providing 24 hour medical cover with access to a school counsellor.
Giggleswick School is a Christian Foundation and Christian values underpin our community life as a school. Members of other faith communities are very welcome here and and we have a number of such pupils in our school. We hope that our stance as a place where faith is honoured will enable our pupils to find common ground with people of all faiths or none.
Faith and Religion
Giggleswick School is a Christian Foundation and Christian values underpin our community life as a school. We seek to engender in our pupils a sense of responsibility and an attitude of warm community and open generosity towards each other and the village in which we live.
Each term begins and ends with a service in Chapel. There are short services to start the day each Wednesday and Friday, and boarders attend Chapel on Sundays during term time. Our intention in Chapel is to ensure that services are accessible to the pupils. The style is generally serious but informal, with more formal services when the occasion demands it. The themes chosen are relevant to young people’s lives today, and the emphasis is on engagement and participation. Pupils have opportunities to take part in readings and prayers, to sing in the choir and to lead the Chapel services.
In some cases our pupils may seek to go deeper into the Christian faith. All are welcome to attend the Christian discipleship group “Oxygen” on Monday evenings, and there are outings to a variety of special events. Each year we join with the local parish church for a Confirmation service, and one of the highlights of the preparation time is a weekend away together. Although the school is an Anglican school, the chaplain is in contact with clergy and leaders from other denominations locally, and our Christian activities are very inclusive.
Although Giggleswick is a Christian foundation, members of other faith communities are very welcome here, and we have a number of such pupils in our school. We hope that our stance as a place where faith is honoured will enable our pupils to find common ground with people of all faiths or none. The chaplain can make arrangements for pupils of any faith community to have contact with local representatives of that faith.