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Pastoral care

Pastoral care

The Grammar School at Leeds prides itself on its pastoral care and we aim to make sure each and every pupil feels a valued and secure part of the GSAL family as they transition from childhood to young adulthood.

Each pupil belongs to a small mixed form group, run by a tutor who meets the group at least twice a day. This tutor will get to know your child well and be your first and most informed point of contact with the school. All tutors are contactable by email, and will endeavour to respond as soon as practically possible.

A generous teacher-pupil ratio and small class sizes, year-specific common rooms and an exuberant house system all contribute to a warm, friendly atmosphere that children really appreciate.

Prioritizing pastoral care undoubtedly pays dividends. Pupils perform better by any measure, whether in or out of the classroom. They are more confident and optimistic, better behaved, more socially integrated and team orientated while remaining distinct, increasingly characterful individuals.

The house system

All pupils in senior school are members of one of eight houses, in a flourishing and dynamic set up that brings pupils together from across the age groups and builds a sense of belonging.

The house system helps develop confidence through keen, but always friendly, competition in a range of events. House events provide pupils with many opportunities to mix socially and have a go as part of a team. Being mostly student led, house activities offer plenty of scope to put leadership, negotiation, persuasive and creative talents to good use.

The annual programme of house events includes music, drama, dance, debating, sport, cooking, quizzes and ingenious subject challenges, while new competitions are added to the calendar regularly.

Medical and pastoral support

The senior school has a dedicated pastoral suite which is staffed by fully-qualified nurses who provide assistance throughout the day and at weekend sports fixtures. Many of our staff are trained in basic first aid, with a number having additional qualifications.


We are resolutely a multi-faith school, as we consider this vital to the promotion of tolerance and understanding. We have our own chaplain, and religious assemblies are provided for the Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths; we also require religious studies to be taken by all pupils at GCSE.

Healthy for life

We all appreciate that a healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand and this is something we strive for in every facet of school life. Our refectory serves a healthy choice of meals, with hot and cold options including a help yourself salad bar as well as fresh fruit and desserts. Our curriculum includes one afternoon of sport per week, as well as a single lesson of PE in addition to the many co-curricular clubs offered both before and after school and at lunchtimes.


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