Class and Tutor Groups
Pastoral Care in our Middle College is based around Class Groups at Years 7-8 and Tutor Groups from Year 9 onwards. At Year 7-8 the students identify with their class teacher and peer group.
Once they enter Year 9, the students have the same Tutor from Years 9 to 13 so each student has a ‘significant adult’ in their school life who gets to know them extremely well over the five years.
In Year 9 -10, during the two half-hour slots each week, they discuss issues regarding their academic progress, co-curricular and service activities, time management and wellbeing issues relevant to teenagers.
For us it is all about relationships. Every teacher at the College is a Tutor and as such they form a strong relationship with their Class or Tutor Group, and also their parents whether that be by email, text, phone or in person.
In both the Senior College and Middle College we talk about being a family within a family. Our smallest family is the Class or Tutor Group. Every student belongs to one of the six Houses. Each House family is led by two staff Heads of House, one in the Middle College and one in the Senior College. These teachers have proven themselves as outstanding Tutors with a real passion for the pastoral care of our students. Chapels are held in House Groups once a week as well as once a term on a Sunday evening.
The next family each student belongs to is either the Middle College or Senior College. Each group meets together once a week for an Assembly to celebrate achievements and for the Principals of each College and students to give clear messages, reports and news relevant to each age group.
The largest family each student belongs to is the College and we have regular full College Assembly to commend students, teams and groups and promote upcoming events.