A horizontal Deans’ structure provides a targeted supportsystem and pastoral care for students. Each Dean works with one yearlevel only and the system allows us to develop expertise amongst ourdeans at each year level, as they aim to meet the particular needs ofthe young men under their care. Deans’ assemblies are an importantelement, allowing Deans to meet their year groups formally every fortnight andaddress matters that relate to the age and stage of the boys in theircare. They use this platform to underline the high standards we expectour students to maintain in all areas of the College, whilst at the sametime, acknowledging achievements amongst the year level cohort.
The House system at Lindisfarne is part of the rich tradition and heritage of the College. Houses help to foster a sense of belonging and a strong team spirit through House competitions across the four cornerstones of the College; sporting, academic, service and cultural. House activities give students an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and act as role models for younger students. Through House competitions, boys are encouraged to meet more people and to enjoy the camaraderie of shared endeavour. Our four Houses are Cuthbert (black), Aidan (red), Durham (green) and Oswald (blue) you can read more about the history of our houses by clicking below.
Pastoral care is also based around tutor groups which are organised by House. In addition to tutor groups, the boys meet regularly with their Year Deans. On average there are 12 Year 9-13 students in a group. For years 7 and 8 the tutor group is managed by their class teacher.
Students have the same House tutor from Years 9 to 13 so each student has at least one constant adult in his school life who gets to know him extremely well over his time at Lindisfarne.
Health and Wellbeing in Boarding
Eat well, sleep well, be healthy and be safe are the recommendations at the forefront of our boarding programme. We have developed a comprehensive programme that supports our boarders to make the right choices critical to their personal and physical development.
I particularly enjoy Tuesday evenings when I spend a session with the junior boys discussing a range of issues relating to our BEDUCATION programme. I use humour and visual materials such as YouTube videos to convey important messages. Many of the boys are keen to contribute to these discussions. In one particular session on safety in the street the boys came up with the implications of texting and walking and the parallels to texting and driving. We also explore the many aspects of healthy eating and table etiquette, the awareness of excessive sugar in today’s diets and the positive benefits of getting good REM sleep which for boarders means no phones after lights out, no stimulants or bright lights and space to unwind.
The College runs an extensive bullying prevention programme called KiVa as part of a strategy for positive relationships.
KiVa is an evidence-based programme designed to prevent bullying and to tackle incidents of bullying effectively. Prevention and intervention are crucial in combatting bullying. The KiVa programme is run at Years 7 - 9 as part of the Social Studies and PE curriculums driven and supported by the College Counsellor and Deputy Rector.