Pates is fantastic; you won't hear anyone say any different. Question marks over pastoral care? Try SHS.
I genuinely don't think anyone who was less than very satisfied with pastoral care at a named school would post it on here. I hope they wouldn't anyway! I'm not sure you would never
hear anyone speak against a school Orson,even Pates, ..but I doubt this would be the place to do it.
And very slightly off topic: I would just say for any prospective STRS parents on here with similar concerns, we had cause to put the pastoral care to the test recently. It takes an awful lot to impress me in this regard, but I was stunned by what came into play, silently and professionally, when we needed it to. Huge, ongoing, discreet and compassionate support, which to be honest I had not really expected. Fantastic.