TWS is a day cum residential school with provision for week boarding as well. Typically there are about 30 students in a dormitory. This offers a distinctive balance between small houses, which give a strong pastoral base, within a large, varied and challenging school. A new student to the school will come to know the people in his house community very well indeed – especially his/her house master who is principally responsible for the house. The boarding staffs offers support and encouragement in every aspect of a child's life but without unnecessary intrusion. It is a delicate and important balance: students are encouraged to share problems with those that can help but are steered towards mature resolution of them through their own thought and effort.
From the very beginning, each student has his/her own study and living-space within the dormitories. Students thus have their own private space and are required to organise themselves and to develop self-discipline in meeting tasks and deadlines.
In addition to the house master, each house has a deputy house master, a warden and a set of tutors. With the guidance of house tutors each student develops the learning habits which will be the foundation of his/her TWS career. In tutorial groups students are encouraged to discuss social and health issues. In all of their academic and pastoral relationships, students learn to talk comfortably and openly with adults.
The physical health of the students is monitored by the school doctors. Psychological support is offered when necessary by the school counsellor (a consultant adolescent psychiatrist). Nurturing individuality and yet understanding and appreciating the differences of others is a central tenet of TWS's philosophy.