The Year Leaders oversee of a specific year group and work closely with Form Tutors and Pastoral Leaders to ensure the wellbeing of students, as well as monitoring their academic progress. They work closely with the Subject Leads and Heads of Faculty to resolve any issues concerning the learning or behaviour of children in their year group.
The Year Leaders will keep a close eye on the progress of individual students, and in particular on those students whose Form Tutors or Pastoral Leaders raise them as a matter of concern. They may place children on a Director of Learning report, which can be physical or electronic and which will help them to track a child’s progress in a particular area.
The Year Leaders are trained in data analysis and will evaluate children’s progress against national standards and the school’s own targets for that year group. They are responsible for ensuring that Form Tutors report appropriately to parents at parents’ evenings and will also monitor the delivery of the school’s tutorial programme and assembly programme within their year group.
Year Leaders take responsibility for the ways in which behaviour can affect progress and as a result, they may ask to meet with parents to discuss behaviour. As school leaders, they can also be involved with reintegration of a student following a fixed-term exclusion or internal isolation, particularly when it comes to setting appropriate targets that will help students to succeed in the future.
If you are unable to resolve an issue about your child’s progress by talking to their Form Tutor, or Subject Teacher, or if you are concerned that your child is experiencing problems across several subjects, then contacting the Year Leader would be an appropriate step to take. They are there to support parents as well as students.
Our Year Leaders
Year 7 Leader | Mr T Weedon
Year 8 and Year 9 Leader | Mrs E Reddy
Year 10 and Year 11 Leader | Mr H Strachan
Should you wish to contact a Year Leader, please do so through the main School Office.
Our Form Tutors are the first point of contact for parents and carers, and the person who starts off your child’s day in school. They will check in the morning that your child has the correct uniform and the equipment necessary to start the day. Should there be any temporary uniform or equipment problems, the Form Tutor should be the first to know. So do please communicate with them about these, or any other issues that may affect your child in school.
Your child’s Form Tutor will be the person who is most immediately concerned with your child’s wellbeing at school. If your child is worried or concerned about anything their Form Tutor should be the first person that they or you contact to try and resolve matters. If you know that something at home may affect your child’s mood in school, please make sure that you let their form tutor know so that other staff can be informed as appropriate. All staff are trained in safeguarding and will be thoughtful and sympathetic in responding to confidential information whilst always bearing safeguarding parameters in mind.
Form Tutors meet with students every morning and are responsible for starting the day with a prayer, leading children through our PSHE programme and working with them on literacy and numeracy whole-school initiatives. They will check that students are doing well in lessons, behaving appropriately and will raise any concerns with the child themselves in the first instance. On assembly day they will prepare your child for assembly by lining up with them and reminding them of our assembly protocols (silent entry, respectful attention) and they then stay with them throughout.
Form Tutors will monitor attendance and behaviour and may contact you directly if they have concerns about your child or to pass on praise for what they have done in school. If they feel that your child needs some support in order to remember their targets they may put your child on a report (electronic or paper) so as to monitor how they are doing with regard to agreed targets for effort and behaviour and will feed back to you about this kind of monitoring.
Form Tutors work closely with the Attendance Officer, Pastoral Leaders and with the Year Leader for their year group, as well as, with Subject Leaders or Heads of Faculty when it comes to matters of academic performance. If your child has special educational needs, they will be fully informed about this and will also liaise closely with the SEND department.
Should you wish to contact your child's Form Tutor, please do so through the main School Office.