The vast majority of boys settle into school life here very easily, but it is important that there are systems of support in place to help those who have difficulties. Additional help and support is provided to pupils of all abilities from Year 7 to the Sixth Form in any area causing difficulty.
We are experienced in supporting pupils with a range of general or specific difficulties, and medical or emotional problems, which can be temporary or long-term, and do so via the following approaches:
The first level of academic support is through the communication that takes place between subject teachers and the Form Tutor. Through regular communication any difficulties that an individual boy is experiencing can be identified quickly and appropriate support arranged.
The Learning Support Department provides support to those who need additional help in specific areas. This may be as one-to-one support lessons or small group sessions and takes place outside the school day, at lunchtimes and, in special circumstances, within the school timetable.
Senior boys are paired with junior boys who need some additional help in a particular subject area.
This is a dedicated space where boys can drop in informally for support and guidance on study skills and revision techniques, or can simply use it as an additional place to study. The Study Centre is also the home for Learning Support and Mentoring Society, and all Heads of Year in the Lower and Middle School also have their offices here.
Many academic departments provide lunchtime help sessions for boys who are unsure about something that they have been studying.
In Year 7, the PSHE programme is specifically tailored to help boys settle into school life. Issues dealt with include getting to know each other and the school, safety whilst travelling to and from school, how to tackle homework, the issues of bullying and relationships, eSafety and, above all, where and how support can be found.
We will do all we can to help in any situation and, usually, we can resolve what we know about.