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Why do we tutor in year groups?

Our new year based tutor system was introduced in January 2019, offering new opportunities and advantages for all students.  We continue to offer the same ‘outstanding’ personal development and welfare support along with a larger focus on academia including preparation for testing, literacy, and strategies to cope with anxiety around tests and exams.  Students report that they enjoy the pastrocal and academic support they receive each day and that this helps them to be successful academically, socially and morally in our Rights Respecting School.

When do the tutor groups meet?

They meet once a day for 30 minutes Monday to Thursday which includes a short period of 'Read to Succeed'.  On a Friday, tutor groups meet for 15 minutes.

How many students will there be in each group?

17 - 28 depending on the needs of students and size of tutor bases

Who leads Year groups?

Each year is be led by a Head of Year. Students are encouraged to take a leadership role within their year and most years have 50+ Student Leaders who run tutor sessions and support other students. Every tutor group has at least one student 'A' Team council rep.  The Year Leadership programme is open to all students who are positive role models for their peers.

Head of Year and Director of Year

Robert Jewell  (Head of Year 7 - Class of 2025) Ext. 1070
Emily Buckingham - Director of Year 7

Nikki Hack (Head of Year 8 - Class of 2024) Ext. 1066
Megan Johns - Director of Year 8

Lisa Smith (Head of Year 9 - Class of 2023) Ext. 1067
Daniel Manvell - Director of Year 9

Mikey Pearce (Head of Year 10 - Class of 2022) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Ext. 1064
Helen Seear (Head of Year 10 - Class of 2022) Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.  Ext. 1064
Alistair James - Director of Year 10

Jenny McMann (Head of Year 11 - Class of 2021) Ext. 1071
Victoria Walker  Raising Standards Lead - Year 11

Who are the tutors?

Any member of TRS staff may be a tutor.

Who should I contact if there is a problem in school?

If it is subject related then the class teacher is the point of contact – more general queries can be directed to the tutor in the first instance and the Head of Year thereafter.

How will the tutor support my son/daughter?

The tutor will have daily contact with the students so will be able to monitor academic progress and wellbeing. The tutor will have a mentoring role and will follow our assertive mentoring programme that has proved so successful in raising attainment.

How will the school support students in year-specific events such as Year 9 options?

There will be capacity in Year assemblies so that specific cohorts of students can be given appropriate guidance at relevant stages. Members of the student support team will have particular responsibility for providing information, advice and guidance at key points in a student’s career.

Will students be with their friends in their new tutor groups?

Team building and friendship making activities will be a key feature of tutor sessions in September so all new students fit in quickly. A key feature of our tutor groups is their warmth, closeness and loyalty and Year 7 students tell us they soon feel they fit in, even if they are not with friends initially.

Where will the tutor base be?

Tutor bases will be grouped as houses in the school. This will allow flexibility and creativity in tutor time.

Who do I contact with any further questions?

Mrs Caroline Saunders - Assistant Principal


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