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Pastoral Care

Boarding Pastoral Care

Whilst boarding provides the perfect opportunity for your child to start gaining independence, Stonar recognises the need for strong pastoral care to help guide and support them on this journey. We aim to create a nurturing atmosphere where boarding children become confident individuals who are safe in the knowledge that staff - both pastoral and teaching - are always there for them, like family.

Each House has a dedicated Houseparent who lives on-site, alongside the boarders. Houseparents have overall responsibility for their boarders' pastoral wellbeing, as well as working closely with each child's tutor to monitor their academic progress. Houseparents allocate designated time for Prep work in the evenings and on Saturday mornings, as well as organising activities for boarders outside of learning time. 

Even though children are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in boarding life, communication with parents and family is essential. House staff are available through email and dedicated ‘phones, providing  parents with regular updates of their child's education and wellbeing. 

The Houseparents are supported by a team including tutors, assistant Houseparents and Graduate Resident Assistants. To find out more about the different teams, read our separate House pages. 

Our houseparents are loving people who will want to help you anytime you have a problem. Even if they do not know the answer to the problem immediately, they will give you a positive answer and will keep to their word."


Key Contacts


Mr Matthew Way – Headmaster 

Mr Way has been working in boarding schools for 21 years and lives onsite with his family. Mr Way takes time to personally get to know each pupil and possesses a wealth of knowledge about the boarding experience. 

Mrs Jo Worrall – Senior Deputy Head

Mrs Worrall joined Stonar in September 2022 and regularly works in the boarding houses and is invested in supporting all pupils both academically and pastorally.

Mrs Tina Tilley – Deputy Head (Pastoral) and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Tilley has been working in boarding for over 17 years and has worked in boarding at Stonar since 2010. Mrs Tilley oversees the pastoral care of all pupils at Stonar and lives onsite with her family.

Camilla Walter – Lead School Nurse and Head of Health and Wellbeing Centre

The Health and Wellbeing Centre lies at the heart of campus, geographically and emotionally. Camilla is based in the H&WBC, to help day and boarding pupils if they have a medical concern, or just need to talk.

Judith Peel – School Nurse 

Judith is based in the H&WBC, supporting Camilla to help day and boarding pupils with medical and personal concerns.

Lisa Seward

Houseparent of York

Elizabeth Addison

Houseparent of Ganbrook

Scott Moore

Houseparent of Hart