Three year group leaders oversee the lower school students from Years 9 to 11:
- Mr Cavaye - Year 9
- Ms Gibson - Year 10
- Ms McCrum - Year 11
When students arrive at the school, year group leaders ensure they settle in as quickly as possible to enable them to gain maximum benefit from the school's induction programmes.
The leaders are responsible for arranging social events and activities and for ensuring that students have access to a complete social service in the form of guidance and advice. Their role affords them a clear overview of students' lives and they strive to ensure everyone has an enjoyable but challenging time both in and outside lessons.
Their office door is always open and the leaders are keen to encourage active discourse into how we do, what we do and why! With this in mind the year group leaders chair regular meetings of the lower school year councils. These are excellent forums for students to raise issues regarding any aspect of student life with members of the academic and pastoral staff.
Social events and activities
Students take part in many activities, visits and social events to relax, let off steam and start the following week afresh. Typical examples include:
- formal dinners and dances
- visiting the cinema or bowling
- visiting local beaches and barbecues
Guidance and advice
All students have different needs. Studying for GCSEs while undertaking a varied programme of activities and service can be pretty tough.
Year group leaders regularly meet individual students and their housemaster or housemistress to discuss progress in all areas. Together they come up with strategies that motivate and support students through difficult times and direct them towards becoming good citizens and achieving goals of academic and personal success.
Students also have access to school mentors – on joining the school they have are allocated to a senior student to look after them, and as they progress through the school, the peer mentoring, both pastoral and academic, allows them to seek help and advice from senior students as they require it.
Students have access to medical specialists at our Healthcare Centre and to other professionals providing a variety of care for their pastoral needs.