Merry Christmas to you too, aargh.
Contrary to the rumours, Habs is really good in terms of pastoral care. All the pupils in my form found starting a new school very overwhelming. Habs was a very busy school and to some of us, it was a different experience. The first term (Winter) required hard-work and though at times I wasn't too comfortable about my year (as last year it was compulsory to do Rugby for a term but now it is optional for Year 7s after half-term), the school's support was helpful to us all.
The pastoral system has it that Year 7s start off in their House, where they have direct contact with their Housemaster and Form tutor. Since in their houses, they can participate in inter-house activities, et cetera, et cetera. Registration periods (lasting 30 - 40 minutes in all) is where we get to know the form tutor. For help, not only do we have the Form tutor but also the School Nurse, Councillor (who is a professional child psychiatrist), Senior prefect and our Head of Department (for Juniors it is Year 7 and
Habs staff are really dedicated in marking and knowing you as a person, with many old Haberdashers' meeting up with teachers now and then. Habs really does support and develop you as an individual. I say this, getting a scholarship to the school (though that's not important), because when I started Year 7 there was a mixture of people, accounting quarter of my class from state school. Many of them were very talented but, of course, missed out on good education. The teachers were unbiased; they did not segregate you according to how well you did in exams, instead they worked on every single person's objectives and targets.
My last year's English teacher was one of the most influential teacher I have ever met (and the entire class' favourite teacher). She, being the reflection of many great teachers in the school, taught so everyone knew their strengths and weaknesses and operated so even if there are the very capable in English and the not-so-good in English, everyone worked well together. She specified, and so did many teachers, how hard-work is what teachers and society will respect rather than arrogance and worked one-to-one (there were many support clubs available). I struggled, as you may have noticed in previous messages, where I lacked much conciseness in my writing and she helped me improve on that, as well as the love of subject.
In Year 8, we are only set in Maths yet everyone does the same test paper. In Year 9, we will be set in Sciences, so forth. I think I found my identity at Habs and so did many others. Habs doesn't 'kick' people out, like what many cynical schools do for those who they think aren't good to hold their A* reputation for GCSEs. However, I think it's the pupils in my class which makes me enjoy Habs so much. I'll be honest to say there are some rude, unruly, sick-minded pupils in the school, like in many schools, but that's not the majority.
I'm going off to watch Uni Challenge, then Skyping a mate (Christmas Eve isn't too great - Christmas is definitely better!)
I'd like some more clarity on the question please, so I can specify.