Care and Guidance

Six Houses – One Community

At the heart of our pastoral support is our vertical tutoring structure. All members of the school community are members of one of our six Houses. Students are placed into mixed aged (11 -16) tutor groups, which meet each day for twenty five minutes and learn to operate as a small self-supporting group, rather like a family group. Our tutor groups are led by a tutor who will remain with that tutor group year on year, thus offering consistent care and support. Each of our Houses consists of nine 11-16 tutor groups, and two bespoke Sixth Form tutor groups. Our highly experienced House Leaders oversee the achievements and well-being of students aged 11- 16 in their House.

In addition to our team of House Leaders and tutors we are lucky to have a number of specialist associate staff who offer additional care and guidance services to students throughout all years. They focus on supporting students and families with a range of issues that may present barriers to student well-being and learning.

Celebration of Student Success

Our House system allows for a great sense of competition. Student success, achievement, progress and contribution to school life are recognised through House Points. We place a great deal of emphasis on developing our students’ intrinsic motivation. The Houses compete each year for the Mitchell House Shield, with a range of intra and inter House competitions from sports, to music, and even a weekly quiz contributing to the final House point totals.

Inclusion and Learning Support

We have gained a reputation for the quality and inclusive nature of our provision in all areas of Learning Support. We offer specialist classes, in-class support and individualised programmes of support. Teaching Assistants work alongside class teachers to support students with learning differences or physical disabilities. Further information on our Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy is available on the school’s website.

For more information please contact Cayte Mulhern (Deputy Headteacher)