Form teachers are the first point of contact for both pupil and parent and they are there for the boys in every way.
They take the time to get to know each and every boy from the week that he joins and ensure that he is happy, productive and fully integrated into the life of our busy school. This means that they encourage success, suggest extra work where it is needed, and help with the personal and social development of every boy in the course of the first year and beyond.
They are attentive to parent and pupil queries at all times, but especially at the start of Kindergarten year (reception) when everything is new and extra reassurance and help may be needed to cope with the demands of a busy timetable.
Pre-Prep and KG
On entry to the Pre-Prep, boys are allocated to classes by age. They attend school full-time in Kindergarten, unless they are in LKG (Lower Kindergarten) where, during the first autumn term, parents have the option of taking the boys home on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 12:10pm if they wish. This is to stop the youngest boys becoming overtired in the first few weeks.
Form teachers also guide the KG boys in their homework and ensure that it is collected the following day. They will look at any parents' notes in the homework book and use them to plan future progress, which may include one-to-one coaching sessions to support a boy's learning and development.
At the Pre-Prep, form teachers are usually available to have a nice moment with parents and carers at the end of the day when they can talk about how the day has gone, make any suggestions that may help in the week ahead and advise on any small matters that may arise. They have a very personal relationship with parents and, unlike other schools that may have 'collect at the gate' policies, they see them every day. This is a huge benefit to families, because any concerns are caught early and the appropriate action can be taken. When a boy has had a special triumph or earned a house point or merit, the form teacher will be there to discuss it with the parent, though it is worth noting that all these rewards are known to the whole school because they are displayed on an electronic noticeboard in the hallway!
Form teachers at Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Prep treat each child, and each family, with respect and as individuals. They try to create a warm, nurturing and open environment, so that parents feel comfortable and fully included in their son’s learning journey.
Form teachers also guide the boys in their homework and ensure that it is collected the following day. They will look at any notes from parents in the homework book and use them to plan future progress, which may include one-to-one coaching sessions to support boys' learning and development.
The form teacher will also be aware of whether a child has any medical issues or allergies or has to take medicine at school and will be responsible for safeguarding him in this respect, using the guidance of a signed parental consent form. He or she will ensure that the catering staff are fully aware of each child's needs and will strictly monitor special eating needs at lunchtime.
Attention to detail
Above all, the form teachers have to ensure that the boys in their care are happy, both academically and socially, and performing well along the lines of their personal development plan. In the run-up to examinations, they report every week to the headmaster on a child-by-child and subject-by-subject basis, with reports home every week.
This attention to detail is what makes the Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Prep form teachers so exceptional. They are determined that every boy should feel noticed and supported and his talents be maximised while he is at Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Prep.
As our former head boy commented in the Eaton House Schools’ The Column magazine, "Eaton House Belgravia has the best teachers."