Pastoral Team and Tutor Team
Our school has a well-established Pastoral system which aims to ensure that continuous supervision is kept over your child’s social and personal development alongside their academic progress.
Our Pastoral team is led by Mr T Duce, Deputy Headteacher, with non-teaching support staff providing pastoral care to our student body. Daily meetings focus on support strategies to help students make progress academically as well as considering their emotional wellbeing. Pastoral support staff deal with any incidents that may occur, enabling situations to be investigated and resolved quickly and effectively.
Every student is under the care of a tutor. In Year 11, students move onto selected groups tutored by Subject Leaders. These groups are regularly reviewed in line with progress towards GCSEs and BTECs giving an option of 25 minutes extra tuition of specific subjects per day.
Form tutors develop an understanding and detailed knowledge of each individual’s personality and capabilities. Each week, time is made available for the tutor to check students' Learning Diaries and to discuss their progress at school. Tutors also become academic mentors, using assembly time to meet with students to ensure that good progress is being made.
The House System
There are four Houses:
Our House system encourages and develops inter-house competition, such as sports matches and subject competitions generating House points. A cup is presented to the House with the greatest number of points at the end of the school year.
Assemblies and Tutor Lessons
Year 11s have a special assembly every Monday, focussed on post-16 choices and career pathways. They also have ‘Impact weeks’ in the Autumn and Spring terms to learn about and practice revision skills.
Students in years 7 – 10 have one House assembly each week, led by their Head of House or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Additionally there are assemblies such as safeguarding, PCSO, PE colours, visiting speakers and competitions. At the end of each term we have Learning Award assemblies in which we celebrate the successes of nominated students who have worked particularly hard that year.
When students are not in assemblies they receive a tutor lesson. In year 11 this is in the appropriate subject and in years 7 – 10 there is a tutor program in place with structured tutor sessions throughout the week a long with specific numeracy and literacy sessions.
We expect and obtain high standards of behaviour from our students. We emphasise the need for respect for each other and towards adults and school property. When children do well they are rewarded in a variety of ways. These include, for example, House Points, Learning Award certificates, and free non-school uniform for the tutor group with the best attendance. When students do not behave as we expect, sanctions will include departmental detentions, restrictions upon free time, after school departmental detention, and Headteacher’s detention.
At a more serious level, students who disrupt learning will be excluded from the lesson and sent to a designated, supervised area. If a student is excluded from lessons on a number of occasions, we will invite parents to come to school to discuss the problem. For serious breaches of school discipline, a student may be excluded for a fixed period of time, and in exceptional circumstances a student may be recommended for permanent exclusion to the Governing Body who then meet to make a decision on the matter.
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However, we also know that there is much more to good behaviour than just not mis-behaving. At Marshland we constantly reinforce the need for students to be ‘Ready to Learn’ and have a positive attitude to learning too. The expectation throughout the school is that students will have all the basic equipment they need for their lessons.