The Pastoral Care Journey
- Tutor groups allocated taking into consideration student friendships, parental views, recommendations from Primary school and discussions with the transition co-ordinator.
- If appropriate, some year 7 students will join a transition group, where they are taught in small classes for a number of different lessons and receive specific support from the transition group team
- Opportunity to join a three day residential trip in the Autumn term with form tutors and head of learning – an excellent opportunity to build relationships and boost student confidence.
- Each tutor group is allocated Year 11 student mentors who support the form as a whole and/or on an individual basis.
- Tutor group moves with tutor from Year 7 into their second year.
- Year 11 mentors continue support.
- In their third year students start to explore and consider their choices for the GCSE subjects to be studied in Years 10 and 11.
- A ‘Guided Choices’ evening early in the spring term offers students and parents guidance and advice on how to make these choices. Form and subject tutors play a key role in helping and supporting students at this stage.
- Guidance is also offered on career paths that might include post-16 school and college provision.
As they start their GCSE courses a range of pastoral support is available to help students to both maintain academic success and ensure their overall wellbeing.
- The full range of pastoral care options continues to be available if and when required and is particularly important as the summer exam period moves closer.
- During this busy year, students also start to consider their post-16 options – which A Levels, which sixth form, which college?
- Advice and guidance for these important decisions is paramount and the school – including careers guidance team, tutors, heads of learning - works with both students and parents to help make the best choices for each individual.
- The student support centre provides access to, for example, 1:1 intervention, homework club and emotional literacy support.