We all know that usually, academic success does make children, their parents and their teachers very happy. We all recognize that it gives children more opportunities, more choices and allows them to pursue the things they want to do. In a results driven society, academic success has to be a schools’ major goal and that is certainly the case here.
However, that major goal needs to be part of an integrated and individual care package that each pupil receives so that they are all empowered to face their own challenges, and work out how best to overcome them. However, some of the biggest challenges pupils are likely to face are not classroom based and therefore, the importance of expert pastoral care cannot be overemphasised in the pursuit of a successful and fulfilling school career.