Pastoral Care in our Senior College is based around our Tutor Groups with an average of 14 students per group. These groups are single gender and meet once every morning and again prior to lunch three days a week. On another two days, they go to Chapel or Senior College 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.
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.
In the Senior 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 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 at 7pm on a Sunday.
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 Heads 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.