Pastoral & Medical Care

At OBH we believe that happy children succeed. The social, physical and personal wellbeing of our pupils ensures that they have special memories of school life whilst finding the route to success in and out of the classroom. Our caring staff and ‘family’ atmosphere enable us to get to know our pupils well and identify areas where each individual can be supported and nurtured.

“Both boarders and day pupils benefit from the family atmosphere which is central to the school’s aims and upon which many parents commented positively. Staff do indeed give the pupils ‘freedom to be children’ while encouraging them to become mature and responsible. They know their pupils extremely well and the pupils appreciate the support they receive”
– ISI Inspection Report

OBH recognises and values the importance of children’s emotional wellbeing as the foundation to everything else that happens in school – we believe happy children succeed. Our caring staff and ‘family’ atmosphere enable us to get to know our pupils well and identify areas where every individual can be supported and nurtured. The school surgery is equipped to provide for the medical and emotional needs of all the children and staff.

Our school nurse is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). She holds daily surgeries, administers first aid, presides over sick bay and is available to provide health advice to pupils, staff and parents. She works closely with parents when a child has specific medical needs requiring long term medication and will ensure healthcare plans are in place. Children can visit the surgery anytime when unwell or upset or even when they just need some “time out”. A friendly face and listening ear can always be found.

“One of the school’s great strengths is its framework of pastoral support for each pupil.”- Good Schools Guide

Parents are encouraged to register boarders with the School Doctor, a local GP. He holds a weekly surgery in school and can be easily accessed at other times. Female doctors are available if requested and pupils may also speak to a doctor in private should they wish. The School Counsellor also visits weekly and is an invaluable part of the pastoral team. The school maintains close links with local dentists, opticians, pharmacists and physiotherapists. All of our matrons and many of the teaching staff have current first aid certificates.