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. when pupils are place 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.
Our tutor groups in Years 8 and 9 are vertically arranged, containing young people across those ages (this will be the case from Years 8 to 11). As these are not teaching groups they 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.
We have a dedicated unit within The Kingston Academy called the Nucleus. This is a haven for pupils wanting support or advice or just a quiet space for some time out. Our dedicated team in the Nucleus are entirely focused on the welfare, well-being and academic achievement of our pupils.