Ascot-based Heathfield School is delighted to welcome Rachel Whitton, BSc Hons & PGCE (Liverpool), as its new Director of Pastoral. Mrs Whitton, who is passionate about pastoral care and has 15 years’ experience working in numerous prestigious independent day and boarding schools, takes on the role of promoting the wellbeing and holistic development of students and staff at Heathfield.
Underlining Heathfield’s key values, as Director of Pastoral, Mrs Whitton aims to help each girl to build the confidence to embrace opportunity, to develop a love of learning in and out of the classroom and above all to feel supported and listened to as they embark on their journey to adulthood.
Alongside implementing new PSHE and tutor programmes to ensure that Heathfield pupils have a strong understanding of the support systems available to them, Mrs Whitton makes sure all stakeholders have clarity on their role on taking action to ensure each pupil flourishes. She will also focus on unifying the links between the academic and boarding and pastoral support of the pupils, with an emphasis on maintaining a consistent and holistic approach.
Mrs Whitton arrives from Woldingham School, Surrey, where she was Head of Years 10 and 11. She is also an enthusiastic PE teacher, specialising in lacrosse, netball and rounders whilst having considerable experience as an academic PE teacher and moderator. She enthuses, “The rapport that PE teachers invariably develop with pupils has equipped me to get to know girls quickly and read the physical and emotional traits of girls who are struggling. I have shared in successes and losses and see sport as a key vehicle in assisting wellbeing in whatever facet you wish to pursue – from quiet peacefulness in yoga, wiggling your hips in Zumba or the pace and skill of the lacrosse field!”
Mrs Whitton brings further insight to the role from her work as a Governor at a Surrey primary school, giving her an external perspective on the challenges both the pupil and the establishment may face.
Commenting on her new role, Ms Whitton said: “I am delighted to join Heathfield School and am dedicated to nurturing the pupils in our care to ensure that each and every girl progresses during her time at Heathfield and continues to strive to be the best version of herself she can be.”