Class and Tutor Groups
Pastoral care in our Middle College is based around Tutor groups at Years 8-13, which are aligned with the student’s House. Year 7 have their Form teacher as their Tutor. For Years 8-10, the tutor groups are single gender with an average of 14 students per group. The Tutor group meet every morning from 8.40-8.50am and again for 30 minutes prior to lunch. On two of the days, they go to Middle College Assembly and Chapel 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 school life who gets to know them extremely well over the five years.
During one 30-minute slot each week, Tutors 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 journey of life 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 Class or Tutor Group, and also their parents whether that be by email, text, phone or in person.
In both the Middle College and Senior College we talk about being a family within a family. Our smallest family is the Tutor Group or Form Class. 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 College meets together once a week for an Assembly to celebrate achievements and for the Principals and Deputy 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.