Academic success and well being are not mutually exclusive. At DBIS, our pastoral care system is built on the philosophy that one cannot be achieved without the other.
Pastoral care at Discovery Bay International School has been developed to ensure that all students are supported, as individuals, to achieve to their potential cross all aspects of school life. The DBIS values, mission and aims underpin the pastoral care provision and as such provide a framework for the way we support the young people in our care. Upon joining the Secondary School, students are placed into a tutor group that they will remain in throughout their secondary experience ensuring continuity of support.
The form tutor plays a fundamental role in guiding individuals within their tutor group. The tutor is the first point of contact for teachers, students and parents. Through individual contact during registration time and one to one tutoring, form tutors make a significant contribution to the student’s social and academic development.
Supporting the group of tutors are the Year Group Leaders. This team is made up of four staff, with each having specific responsibility for one year group (with the exception of a combined Year 10 and 11 group and a single group in Year 12). YGLs are responsible for having an awareness of the progress of all students in their year and will support the work of the tutors in providing a high level of care. The Head of Secondary provides oversight of the YGLs and will work closely with them to ensure the policies and systems that are in place are appropriate for the needs of our students.
The Secondary phase is recognised amongst the community as providing outstanding pastoral care and it is our on-going challenge to maintain the standard we have created.
Our House system is made up of four houses; Typhoon, Thunder, Lightning, and Storm. House events are run throughout the school year drawing on student talents in sports, creative arts, and academics. These events contribute further to the holistic approach to our pastoral model, developing positive relationships, camaraderie, and confidence for all learners.