Every pupil is a member of a Pastoral Tutor Group. In year 6, Key Stage 2 pupils are placed in Tutor Groups which contain pupils from a range of feeder schools. We always try and place children with someone from their previous school whenever we can.
At the beginning of Key Stage 3 the Year 6 Tutor Groups are re-arranged to create new Tutor Groups which contain a mixture of year 7 and year 8 pupils. This helps to improve relationships between different year groups and gives our older pupils more responsibility looking after the younger pupils in their group. As in Key Stage 2 each group has a Tutor who will remain with the Tutor Group for two years rather than one year. Year 7 and 8 pupils are only mixed in pastoral Tutor Groups not subject teaching groups. Subject teaching groups of the same age are created by combining two Tutor Groups together.
Pupils are also organised into Pastoral Areas. These are named after the Pastoral Achievement Leaders. Year 6 pupils are in Procter Area. Year 7 and Year 8 pupils are in either James Area or Martin Area. Pastoral Achievement Leaders ( PALs) provide extra support and guidance for pupils and staff in their care.
Where parents are particularly concerned about their child, whether it is concerning work, health or other problems, they should not hesitate in contacting their child’s Tutor or Pupil Achievement Leader in order to discuss the problem. Tutor’s and PALs will consult with other members of staff should the need arise. We would also encourage parents to communicate any information that will support their child in school including changes in personal circumstances, health or behaviour.
Our pastoral team work with many outside agencies to support a diversity of needs, these include: Educational Psychologist, Attendance and Pupil Support Team, Social Services, the Police, School Nurse, ASK CAMHS, ChEWS (Children’s Emotional Wellbeing Service) Occupational Health, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists.