Our core values of pride, respect, integrity and compassion are central to maintaining the standards of behaviour expected of our students. These values underpin interactions at all levels and help to create a warm, welcoming environment where everyone feels safe and secure.
The tutor group is a really important place for our students, as they get to know each other so well, and because siblings go into each tutor group, there is a real family feel. They also form a strong bond with their tutor teacher. A sense of community is developed between the group, as the students move up the school together. In 2019, there has been a change in the system, however, as we have separated out our Year 7 and 8 students into tutor groups of their own. This allows our youngest College students time to adjust to life on a large campus while being supported by a Year 7/8 tutor. It also enables a wellbeing programme to be specifically designed for them, so content can be age-appropriate and delivered in an engaging way to suit the younger age group. This year we are also embarking on our Citizenship Programme at the same time, and this means that tutor group time can also be used to work on this stimulating project.
Our dedicated staff regularly set goals with students and assess them to determine whether any additional support is needed. Services such as external counselling or support for literacy, learning or behavioural challenges can be accessed.
Cafeteria food is prepared by professional cookery students and includes options for all dietary requirements and preferences. Students can access healthy, tasty food at interval and lunchtime, and ordering and payment are simple.
For Primary school children, the school offers a stimulating, well-supervised programme from 3–6pm each day during the school term. College students are welcome to use the school library from 3.15–5pm.