We operate a mixed age tutor system (vertical tutoring) here at Studley High. This means that each tutor group consists of three to four students from each year group. Members of teaching and non teaching staff are tutors or co-tutors which ensures that tutor groups have no more than eighteen students in each and some groups have two tutors.
There are four Houses, Abbey, Castle, Manor and Priory with eight tutor groups in each. Siblings are in the same House but rarely in the same tutor group. Each House has a teaching House Leader and a non-teaching Pastoral Manager. The tutor is responsible for the pastoral care of the tutees with support from Pastoral Managers and House Leaders.
The tutor groups meets for twenty minutes on a daily basis. During this time the tutor group may deal with administrative matters, form filling, letter distribution, checking planners for credits, debits, messages to and from home etc. Assembly takes place for each House once per week. Discussions about school/community matters will take place in addition to worldwide issues.
Tutors may spend time with particular students at examination times or may lead group activities. We have found that by having mixed aged groups students develop a strong support mechanism for themselves and older students generally enjoy the responsibility of caring for younger members of their form.
Mrs A Page – Assistant Headteacher:
Mrs Page is an Assistant Headteacher who manages the team of staff who support the special educational needs of the children in the classroom. She line manages the support team responsible for monitoring the progress of these children and ensuring that they receive adequate support. She liaises closely with the SENCo to ensure pupils are supported as required.
Mrs J Lumley – SENCo
Mrs Lumley is SENCo at Studley High School. She is responsible for organising and leading the team responsible for monitoring and progress of our pupils identified as having special educational needs or disabilities.
She is supported by a dedicated team of Learning Assistants for pupils with a Statement or Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), School Action Plus and School Action Pupils.
There are four non teaching Pastoral Managers, one linked to each House, who ensure that students are able to learn and make progress in lessons and develop the necessary skills to overcome friendship and other problems. They support the form tutors and House Leaders and liaise closely with parents and support agencies where necessary.
Each has an additional role within school and have Designated Person status for child protection (DP).
Ms L Lakin (Exams) ABBEY
Mrs S Smith (Transition) CASTLE
Mrs D Warman (Looked After Children) MANOR
Mrs J Payne (Isolation and PPP) PRIORY
Student Support Centre (managed by Mrs J Seager)
This is a classroom where up to five students at a time can be accommodated. Students who are unable to access lessons for physical reasons (e.g fractured limbs), are reintegrating back into school after a long period of absence or are unable to cope with the demands of lessons, in terms of appropriate learning behaviour, may spend some time here with Mrs Seager’s support. All work is set and marked by the student’s teachers. Mrs Seager ensures that this work is completed and also offers support and guidance with regard to learning behaviour, strategies for reintegration etc.
Those students who find the hustle and bustle of the playground overwhelming and/or too noisy at free association time are welcomed into the Student Support Centre where they can spend quiet time with their peers playing games, talking etc.
The Student Support Centre offers:
- A calm and quiet place in which to work
- An opportunity to totally focus on their individual work
- A welcoming, friendly, positive and supportive environment in which to work
- An opportunity for students to discuss any worries or problems that they may be experiencing
Literacy and Numeracy Unit (‘The DEN’ managed by Mrs C Rudge)
‘The DEN’ (Department of English and Numeracy) offers a calm, relaxed and safe place of learning where small groups of up to six students have support for numeracy and literacy skills. They work at their own pace and are encouraged to support each other.
Although priority is given to pupils in KS3 some students may require additional support during KS4. Where possible, this is given as a 1:1 session each week either before school, at lunchtime or after school.
A personalised learning plan is devised for each student who requires support. This follows the government’s National Strategy for Literacy and Numeracy.
A multi-sensory approach to learning is used to enable all learners to access the strategies taught. This includes a literacy and numeracy ‘Stile’ programme which targets all areas and is self checking using a tile tray. This promotes independent learning as well as the use of ICT software such as Word Shark and Number Shark. These are used to reinforce strategies taught.
Students gain in confidence as they apply their reinforced skills across the curriculum.
Visit www.funbrain.com for fun maths and literacy games. Don’t forget to log on to the portal: the den, document library for parent helpsheets and fun games to make and do.