All students have a Tutor Group led by their Form Tutor which is a key part of supporting their personal development. These Tutor Groups are year based so that students receive age appropriate provision. Students in year 7 -11 have a daily tutor session after lunch and Sixth Form students meet with their tutor several times a week.
Our PSHE, including Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE), curriculum is also partly delivered through Tutor Time. We use Tutor Time as an opportunity to develop students' leadership skills in delivering sessions to their peers. In year 12 & 13 we typically have 6 Tutor groups in each year.
We also allocate each student in Years 7 to 13 into 1 of 5 Colleges. Our Colleges encourage a sense of pride, belonging and healthy competition.
Five of our Assistant Head Teachers each have responsibility for a Year Group as well as a College. These staff are responsible for the pastoral and academic support within their year group, and are a figurehead for the culture and ethos of their Year Group team. They also promote the positive ethos of their College, which spans across 7 year groups in the school. Where we have siblings in school, they are normally allocated within the same College.
Tutor Time Intent
The Tutor Time curriculum facilitates students’ development of our CORE values (Commitment, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence). This consists of a broad programme of personal development and opportunities which working in partnership with parents/carers enable students to contribute positively to our school community and the wider world.
Form Tutors and Year Leaders lead a programme of tutor sessions and assemblies which includes:
- Elements of our PSHE curriculum which gives students the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, be aware of their own wellbeing, and to prepare them for what is happening in school as well as for future life and work in modern Britain.
- College, national and international events.
- Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance
- Establishing clear routines and our World Class Basics which students can then transfer into other lessons and beyond into the wider world
- Celebrating the achievements of students across school
- Reflecting on students next steps in areas such as learning, leadership, attendance and attitude towards learning.
- Age and stage appropriate Intervention programmes as required
- Pastoral support according to students’ individual needs
- Literacy development and other cross-curricular opportunities
Assistant Head Teachers:
- Mrs S Barley-Morey : Year 7 and Croft College
- Mr J Foxon : Year 8 and Manor College
- Mr C Royle : Year 9 and Binswood College
- Mrs P Clarke: Year 10 and Park College
- Mr B Butler : Year 11 and Blackdown College
Ms H Jones, Deputy Head Teacher, has overall responsibility for the Year Group and College systems and is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school.