Every student is allocated a personal tutor who will over the course of a year:
• Meet with students twice a day as part of an ongoing academic monitoring and pastoral support programme. The aim of this programme is to discuss academic progress in relation to past exam grades and future grade predictions. All students are expected to set themselves a challenge grade which is discussed with their tutor and serves to provide students with a focus for the term ahead.
• Provide support and a reference for students applying to go on to higher education, further training or employment.
• Discuss with students how they are doing on their chosen courses and will liaise with student support staff and subject teachers to ensure that additional support is put in place if required.
• Monitor student attendance and liaise with student support to relieve any issues to minimise any disruption to a student’s studies.
• Liaise with parents to discuss any aspects of teaching and learning whilst highlighting any concerns that parents may have.
Study Skills Support
Additional study support is available to all students outside their taught timetable. Students may be referred by their tutor or subject teacher for subject-specific targeted support. One-to-one drop in sessions or workshops are also offered to students who require additional assistance with skills such as: time management, organisation, revision techniques, essay writing, effective research, referencing, presentation techniques and literacy and numeracy skills.
It is also possible for students to develop these skills further through the optional completion of an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).