The Tutor System
King’s prides itself in its tutor system, which enables all pupils to have access to a guide and mentor who will support them through the crucial years of secondary education.
The Third, Fourth and Fifth Forms are divided into two tutor groups within a boarding house. Each tutor will therefore mentor and support seven or eight pupils and will meet with them formally twice per week. The meetings will follow a programme devised by the Senior Tutor to support the pupil’s academic progress as well as mirror the PSHE programme in offering guidance and support as they navigate their teenage years.
All tutors are attached to the House in which they tutor and thus they are well placed to take a close interest in all aspects of a pupil’s life at school. A tutor supports their tutees not only in their academic work, but also in their social and co-curricular activities by helping them to ensure that they are making the best of the numerous opportunities on offer at King’s.
Tutors are the first point of contact for parents of academic monitoring and advice, and have responsibility for following up on their tutees’ regular reports. The conversations which follow each reporting cycle are critical to assess progress, encourage personal reflection and set individual academic targets for both the short and long term.
In the Third Form, the tutor programme focuses on settling in to King’s life, developing good study skills, making the most of opportunities the school offers and choosing options for GCSE. In the Fourth and Fifth Forms, tutorials monitor very closely academic progress alongside co-curricular activities and due to the small group meetings, these are highly individualised. All pupils are invited to take part in the FutureSmart careers programme alongside other careers activities in order to prepare them make the decisions necessary for their post 16 education.
King’s College works very closely with Elevate Education to deliver high impact study skills sessions to all pupils which provides additional input alongside the academic support delivered through the tutorial system.
The opportunity for a tutee to be able to build a trusted relationship with their tutor as a mentor is a real strength at King’s College and enables each child to flourish academically, culturally and socially.