Pupils are allocated to mixed-ability tutor groups on entrance to the school. These groups are the building blocks of the pastoral system. They are led by a staff member trained in Personal Tutoring. The tutor group is a source of identity for students and a vehicle for competition and celebration.
The role of Personal Tutor is central to achieving our goals regarding the care of our students and for developing their sense of being known. Each tutor oversees their tutees progress and is responsible for managing their conduct.
Year 7 is regarded as a Foundation Year. The 140 pupils in our Founbdation Year have been placed into one of 12 mixed ability tutor groups.These groups contain just 10 – 15 pupils to aid their transition into secondary school and to hasten them becoming well known. After our first year of opening, pupils in the Foundation Year will be assigned a ‘buddy’ from the cohort above to help them settle in quickly.
Our tutor groups in Years 8-11 will be vertically arranged, containing young people across those ages. As these are not teaching groups they will operate more as a ‘family’ unit with the personal tutor having 5 students from each cohort to oversee. The pupils from Foundation Year will follow their ‘buddy’ into the same tutor group, to ease their transition up the school.