Through the tutor program, we are able to support young people to consider their options for the future, practice key skills such as revision tools and techniques, improve their own literacy skills and debate issues in the wider community. Our students are encouraged to learn from one another and become mentors and leaders themselves through our Student Council and by working with other agencies including charities, the community police force and college and university groups.
In years 7 to 9 our students gain pastoral support through a vertical tutor group setting, within one of our four ‘Learning Communities’ Towan, Rame, Pentire and Godrevy. This allows younger students to gain experience and knowledge from older year groups, and our older students to gain experience mentoring and supporting their younger peers.
Each day tutor groups will follow a programme of assemblies, literacy, topic debates, work on careers and quizzes under the guidance of a tutor who will stay with them throughout Key Stage 3.
As students enter their GCSE years our tutor programme becomes tailored to the needs of older year groups and students learn more about study skills, life after school in the form of post 16 advice and guidance and work through a careers pathway programme. Year 10 work with a new ‘home’ tutor (usually a teacher in a core subject (English, maths or science). Literacy work continues with our ‘Big Readers’ programme where together as a group, students read extracts, short stories and sections of both fiction and non-fiction texts. The texts are varied and diverse and promote opportunities for discussion, reflection and sometimes debate. The idea is about becoming a critical reader as well as reading for pleasure. Assemblies in Year 10 are intended to encourage and inspire, with guest speakers, careers and post-16 advice, alongside the important issues facing young people today.
Our Year 11 programme is closely tailored to support students through their final year of GCSE’s. They study with their home tutor for 3 sessions a week, with two sessions delivered by specialist teachers from the other 2 core subject areas. The aim is to provide a continuous base of pastoral support for young people, alongside maximising student confidence in their progress towards achieving the best final school outcomes. Students increase their knowledge of revision techniques and have additional time to catch-up, or fill gaps in knowledge with the support of experience teaching staff.