Each student is in a vertical tutor groups of approximately 15-20 students. Each tutor group is made up of students from Year 7-11. This structure encourage students to see them self as part of a whole community, where everyone works together to help, support and encourage each other. Older student take responsibility for mentoring and supporting younger students as well as being able to take on roles of responsibility such as being a from prefect. All members of staff are responsible for the pastoral welfare and safeguarding of all pupils, whether they teach them or not. Direct responsibility, however, exists at two levels.
* Vertical Form groups came into effect from September 2009. Form Tutors meet their forms at least twice daily and at the Wednesday Form Assembly.
In the first instance all matters concerning a student’s welfare or academic performance should be directed through their Form Tutor.
* Each boarding house has a Housemaster and Housemistress and an Assistant Housemaster and Assistant Housemistress all of whom have regular daily contact with pupils.
In the first instance all matters concerning boarding arrangements only should be directed through the appropriate Housemaster or Housemistress.
In addition, overall pastoral supervision is exercised by the Heads of House, Director of Sixth Form and Director of Boarding all of whom are responsible to the Head Master. Confidential matters affecting individual children are passed to relevant staff. There is full co-operation with outside agencies, and arrangements can be made for parents to consult any member of staff. Sixth Formers are assigned to Tutors, all of whom are co-ordinated by the Director of Sixth Form.
Each pupil is assigned a member of staff who will meet with them on at least 4 occasions in the academic year to discuss the pupil’s progress and establish targets. In most cases this will be the pupils Form teacher but it may be another member of staff such as one of the school’s senior leaders.