The Form is one group to which a boy belongs and with which he can identify. The Pastoral Care policies and procedures of the school are reinforced here, so that all boys have the opportunity to grow, to develop character of honesty, responsibility, participation, self-confidence, respect for self and others, and compassion. This is achieved in an environment that is positive, safe and inclusive of all.
Form Classes are rearranged each year, ensuring that all pupils relate to a wide range of boys and staff. The ability to understand and relate well to others is an essential building block in the well-rounded Durston character. Boys feel welcome and comfortable in the Form and with its Form Teacher. It is in the Form that much social, moral and emotional development will occur, not just in PSHME lessons, but also in the general interaction of all.
The tone and success of the Form is set by the Form Teacher, whose more formal role in Pastoral Care is pivotal. A constructive Form ethos depends on the commitment of the Form Teacher, his/her consistency of approach, knowledge of boys and interest in all. Members of the Form easily recognise a Form Teacher who does ‘care’, who creates that ordered, calm and safe environment. The Form Teacher liaises with subject teachers, other staff members and management, so that a ‘joined-up’ approach to a boy’s welfare and progress can be taken.
A positive physical environment is important if a healthy Form spirit is to be nurtured. Form Teachers help the pupils develop a pride in the Form Room by allowing them input and giving them responsibility for its upkeep. Form Rooms are tidy, clean and interesting, worthy of Form pride.