Every pupil is a member of a tutor group with other students in the same year group and in the same house, providing an intimate atmosphere and a supportive network of friends. This group is led by the tutor who is responsible for each tutee’s academic progress and general wellbeing. The tutor takes a keen interest in each and every one of their tutees, getting to know them quickly and acting as the first point of contact for communication with teachers and parents.
Tutors meet formally with their tutees on a weekly basis to monitor their general progress, but will generally see them even more regularly, attending house and year group assemblies and supporting their tutees in co-curricular activities. They play a particularly important role in the challenge grade review process, when they discuss subject comments with their tutees and write a personalised tutor comment with clear targets for improvement. Tutors also assist pupils with their organisation, study skills, and revision strategies; they even help with folder organisation and filing, and encourage their tutees to keep their desks in house clean and tidy.
Tutors care deeply about their tutees and work closely with housemasters and housemistresses to monitor their tutees’ wellbeing. The tutor is always there to support pupils when they are struggling with emotional, personal or family problems.
As pupils progress through the school they tend to change tutor each year, which allows them to benefit from the considerable experience that the tutor has of mentoring pupils in their specialist year group. This is particularly helpful given the keen interest that tutors take in their tutees’ futures; tutors guide the pupils on subject and course choices at each stage, from GCSE options to A-level choices through to helping their tutees with their university and career aspirations, and so the wealth of knowledge and experience that they have built up equips them to offer the very best advice and support.
Sixth Form Tutors
Lower Sixth tutors are allocated to a particular house in the same way as Middle School tutor groups, but tutorials increasingly take the form of one-on-one sessions rather than always being communal tutor group meetings.
Upper Sixth students are assigned a new tutor for their final year based around what they are intending to read at university or what areas of study interest them most. These tutors are usually department heads or other experienced staff. In addition to the normal responsibilities expected of tutors elsewhere in the school, Upper Sixth form tutors work in conjunction with the Careers Department to advise on choices for life immediately after leaving the college. Upper Sixth tutors play a key role in helping students make decisions on their choice of university and degree, or whether to take a gap year.