School Structures

Pastoral Structure

We have a vertical tutoring system, which means that there are students from years 7 to 11 in each group. Each tutor group belongs to a House: Bowden, Combs, Hollins or Kinder. Alongside these groups we often run specific intervention tutor groups for students who require additional input. These can be for a period of a few weeks or last the whole year.

Staffing structure

If you need to contact school you may find the following information saves you time and helps you to speak to the right person. Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help. Email addresses and a full teaching staff list can be found on our contacts page.

Subject teacher

As is clear from the title, this person teaches your child for one particular subject. They are the best person to contact to discuss your child's progress in that subject and issues such as homework in that subject. The names of subject teachers can be found on your child’s timetable.

Head of Department

This person is responsible for managing the work of subject teachers within the department. You should contact him/her if you wish to discuss issues relating to one particular subject and the subject teacher has been unable to help.

Form tutor

This person has the overview of your child's academic progress and general welfare. The tutor is the first point of contact for most issues. He/she will see your child every day. The tutor will monitor that your child is properly equipped and ready to learn. He/she will play a key role in monitoring your child's progress and helping your child to set targets for improvement. The tutor is the best person to sort out minor issues for your child and is able to liaise with other staff on your behalf.

Pastoral Leader

There are four Pastoral Leaders working within the school. Each Pastoral Leader is responsible for one of our four Houses: Bowden, Combs, Hollins and Kinder. Pastoral Leaders deal with issues relating to attendance and punctuality, uniform, behaviour and general student welfare. You should contact school and ask to speak to a Pastoral Leader if you have concerns about your child's wellbeing. Pastoral Leaders will liaise with tutors and teaching staff in order to support your child effectively.


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