The College System
Our College system has evolved around our students to ensure that each individual feels a valued and valuable part of the school community and that their wellbeing, future and aspirations are genuinely cared about and cultivated. Even the three College names were created and selected by our students and Shakespeare, Hathaway and Arden Colleges have become central to school life and pupil opportunity.
The Colleges encourage students to contribute to their tutor group, their College and to the school as a whole, thereby enhancing not only their own school experience but that of those around them. The Colleges place the students at the heart of the school and enable them to have their voice heard so that they can help to shape the school in its continuing development. To this end, each College has a five year group representatives on the Student Parliament which works closely with senior members of staff to ensure that Students get their voice and concerns heard as well as helping to make an active difference within the school.
Within each College are a number of tutor groups which operate a ‘vertical’ tutoring system. This means that each tutor group has students from every year group within the school including the Sixth Form who act as mentors within the groups. This creates a more ‘family’ centred approach that ensures every individual is part of an important team that will take care of its members. This family approach continues throughout the wider school community as every member of staff is also a member of one of the three Colleges and supports that College in a variety of ways.