Class and Tutor Groups
Whilst students in Year 7 have their Form teacher as their Tutor, the Pastoral Care in Years 8-13 is based around our Tutor Groups COMMA with an average of 14 students per group, which are aligned with the student’s House. These groups are single gender and meet every morning and again prior to lunch three days a week. On the other two days, they go to Chapel or Senior School Assembly as a group.
Where possible, the students have the same tutor from Years 9 to 13, so each student has a ‘significant adult’ in their College life who gets to know them extremely well over five years.
As part of the half-hour meeting slots each week, students engage with guest speakers or discuss current issues relevant to them. There is also an opportunity to talk about their academic progress, co-curricular and service activities, time management and wellbeing issues relevant to teenagers.
During one 30-minute slot each week, Tutors in the Middle School facilitate the Navigate programme, which has been designed to enhance student wellbeing and develop character. There are different themes and activities for each year level, and the programme proactively prepares students to navigate their life journey positively.
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 tutor group, and their parents, whether that be by email, text, phone or in person.
At College, we talk about being a family within a family. Our smallest family is the tutor group. Every tutor group belongs to one of six Houses. Each House has two adult Heads of House, one in the Middle School and one in the Senior School. 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 at 7pm on a Sunday