We aim to ensure that every child is a happy and confident member of the Middle School community.
Every pupil is a member of a form. The Form Tutor is responsible for overseeing the academic and pastoral needs of the children in the form. The pupil/tutor relationship is very important and develops on an individual and collective basis. Individual tutorials every half-term discuss academic and social progress. They also provide the tutors with an opportunity for positive feedback to the pupils and where necessary to discuss and agree constructive targets for improvement.
The Form Tutor is responsible for the daily administration of the form and should be the first point of contact for parents regarding both general and pastoral issues. The children are encouraged to approach their tutor to discuss anything and the tutors liaise closely with the Head of Year about any significant issues, which enables 'hands on', effective pastoral care. Pupils also have a form period each week, which provides a chance to discuss form matters and to reinforce positive conduct on a collective basis.
'Middle School Mate' is a pastoral initiative, which matches a Year 6 pupil with a Year 5 child of similar interests and supports the close knit community of the Middle School. Strengthening the House System, 'Middle School Mate' encourages responsibility amongst the Year 6 pupils, as well as helping Year 5's settle into the next stage of their school life.
Positive effort and behaviour is rewarded through house points, pluses and commendations. The school focuses on encouraging and recognising positive behaviour and personal responsibility. However, there are occasions when certain sanctions are given and these take the form of 'minus' house points, which count negatively against the individual and their house.