Our single year tutor groups are now known simply as Tutor Groups, as we have moved away from Vertical Mentor Groups (VMGs) that had students from each of Years 7 through to Year 11. Each tutor group is named after a country, and all are linked to one of five continents. Our continents are Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe and Oceania.
Tutor time from September 2020 will be at the start of the school day, starting at 8.25am and lasts for 20 minutes. Each Tutor Group has a tutor, usually a teacher, who delivers a programme of discussions and activities centred on themes outside the usual curriculum. Ordinarily there will be one assembly per year group, on different days of the week. However, due to the restrictions of Covid-19 assemblies are now ‘virtual’ and broadcast into each tutor room once a week, either whole school or by year group.
The themes for the continent assemblies are based on the habits of success, skills and qualities to enable the students to become independent learners, as well as having a greater awareness and understanding of current affairs and events happening around the world.
There will be other themes each week, where all students continue to improve their literacy and reading skills, and in ultimately “buddy” reading will also take place between some targeted students.
The weekly study programme involves topical issues, discussion to improve everyone's Mental Wellbeing and academic tasks such as word of the week. As a parent we ask that you support your child at home by going through the pastoral programme with them.