The College has developed a highly effective personal tutor system working closely with staff to ensure the academic and pastoral needs of students are monitored, and appropriate actions taken where necessary. The system is part of our wider monitoring system which takes a holistic approach to ensure students make progress and hit the necessary targets. Personal tutors review a range of matters, including attendance and punctuality, test results, teacher concerns, and general observations regarding their attitude and motivation.
The focus of the personal tutor system is to provide a caring and supportive environment in which students can talk about issues affecting them. Equally, personal tutors engage with teachers to seek feedback about the academic progress of their students and what areas need addressing or improving. For the students who tend to excel academically, personal tutors ensure they are are challenged and stretched. For students who are coasting and not fulfilling their true potential, encouragement is provided and targets set for tests and general progress. For those who are falling behind for whatever reasons, the personal tutors work closely with staff and parents to ensure appropriate interventions occur and individual targets are set. Literacy and numeracy are highlighted, especially for GCSE students, and the College provides support for students struggling in Mathematics and those who need extra help with English language.