Every student at Grange is a member of one of our six houses, each house comprises of 16 horizontal tutor groups made up of 18 -20 students from the same year group. Each group has at least one tutor, often two, who are the main point of contact for support for the students in the group and their parents / carers. The tutor(s) will support students’ academic and pastoral needs and are trained to support all the relevant year group’s needs, from UCAS university applications for sixth formers to the transition into high school for Year 7. Tutors see their groups every day and deliver a pastoral curriculum covering such issues as bullying, celebration, student leadership and work-readiness.
Each year group is Year Director, who oversees the academic progress, attendance and attitude to learning of the students in their year group. There is a positive, competitive ethos through weekly assemblies where success is celebrated and students are challenged to attain their goals. There is also a programme of weekly events and competitions for students to take part in on behalf of their house. The house point totals which are updated weekly on our homepage show the number of points accumulated collectively by each house in the current academic year. You can read more about rewards here.
The Year Director is also key to supporting the tutors in their role, and ensuring the tutoring experience is positive for all of our students and staff. Your child’s tutor should always be the first point of contact if you have any questions. As well as ongoing dialogue with parents, there are also several evenings in the year, in addition to subject evenings, where parents / carers can discuss their child’s overall progress with the tutor.
What happens during tutor time?
Each house does the same activities as the others, but the days of the week vary, depending on which day assembly falls. Weekly activities might include:
- Silent reading
- Reflecting on the week’s performance
- A quiz promoting general knowledge or topical issues
- Tutor challenges
- Discussing individual students’ performance
- Team building activities
- Rewards and celebrations