Student Support

Immediately, when she joined the school, her individual needs were fully recognised and she has received the support and encouragement she needed to work to her full potential.

Year 13 parent, 2015

The Sixth Form is divided into some 16 Tutor Groups. Numbers are small, with all the advantages of personal care that this brings and students stay in the same group with the same Form Tutor as far as possible throughout Years 12 and 13. There is a strong hierarchy of support. In the case of any issues concerning attendance, punctuality, dress code, academic progress or personal problems, the Form Tutor is the first port of call. The Form Tutor will work closely with the subject Heads of Department where appropriate. If concerns persist, the Form Tutor will approach the Director or Deputy Director of Sixth Form, each of whom take overall responsibility for one year group. We are fortunate to have the support of Mrs Perkins, the School Chaplain, and the services of a professional counsellor.

We work in partnership with parents and are in contact with them throughout the year via our regular reports, progress checks and the annual Parents’ Evening. Parents of any student who is a cause for concern are invited into school to meet with their daughter and her Year Co-ordinator or the Director of Sixth Form in order to draw up appropriate supportive measures. If parents have any concerns or questions about their daughter’s time in the Sixth Form, they should contact her Form Tutor in the first instance.

We are proud of the role the sixth formers play in the whole-school community, and of the help they offer younger students and each other through mentoring and peer-to-peer support programmes. Sixth Formers have the opportunity to train as peer and SEND mentors, as well as study buddies and form prefects. We are more than a school, we are a community.

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