When they arrive students are placed into mixed-ability tutor groups. We go to great lengths to makesure that, although these groups contain students from a mixture of Primary Schools, all children are placed with at least one of their chosen friends.
They will almost certainly remain in these tutor groups for all their five years of school.The Form Tutor is an important figure in your child’s life. This is the person who will know him/her very well and who is responsible for all day-to-day things such as attendance, general behaviour and group activities. Where you have any concerns about your child’s development or any personal matters it is the Form Tutor who will deal with it first.
A Head of Year and SPM will work with the Form Tutor to support them in this role and to organise any activities that involve the whole year group. The Head of Year, SPM and Form Tutor will also remain with a particular year or tutor group for the five years of their life at school.
Form period is a crucial part of the school day and sets the tone for behaviour and engagement. All Heads of Year provide tutors with a detailed curriculum plan to follow to ensure that activities are meaningful and productive. A key focus this year is to utilise form period to improve the academic progress of all students. Tutors will act as mentors and where possible dual tutoring will take place to ensure SMART targets can be set, monitored and evaluated when needed.
Thematic form periods run once a half term and give students a week of workshops that provide insight into a number of key areas. These areas either aim to build transferable skills into the curriculum that students follow or provide thought provoking activities around key issues relevant to the wider world. Examples of thematic form periods include:
- Behaviour for learning
- Presentation of work
- Literacy in the curriculum
- Life Skills
- Aspirational futures
You can work with the Form Tutor to help your child in the following ways:
» Making sure that they attend regularly, punctually, properly dressed and equipped.
» Ensuring that all homework is done on time by checking Personal Planners.
» Supporting the School’s behaviour policy.
» Attending Parents’ Evenings.
» Stressing to your child the importance of education by talking to them regularly about what they have done at school.
Parents’ Evenings are important events and we urge all parents to attend.
It is here that we have the opportunity to discuss your child’s development on a one to one basis. We can tell you things that you might not be aware of, and similarly, you can tell us of any concerns that you might have. However, you do not need to feel that you have to wait for a Parents’ Evening if you have a concern. We want you to work with us as fully as possible and we can be contacted at any time if there are problems that you want to discuss with us.
Progress reports are sent home three times a year with current information regarding your child’s attainment, effort and attendance. The Senior Leadership Team reads all progress reports and RAG rates them according to performance. This is a key document that enables parents to identify areas for development in order to improve performance.
Written reports are sent home once a year. Each student has a personalised report where teachers, tutors and the Senior Leadership Team write comments relating to the performance of all the students they teach. Each department provides an overview of the core components of study to ensure that all teacher reports and comments are as personal as possible focussing on performance rather than subject content. Form tutors write a summary of the report and comment on the performance of each individual in their tutor group. The Senior Leadership Team read all reports, make comments and RAG rate according to progress.