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Marshland High School

Pastoral Support System

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.

Pastoral Team and Tutor Team 

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 and each year group has their own non-teaching Pastoral Manager. Form tutors develop an understanding and detailed knowledge of each individual’s personality and capabilities.  The Pastoral Manager supports students in a variety of ways including promoting good attendance, making sure behaviour sanctions and support are in place, deal with mental health issues and support students if there are issues at home. Each of the Pastoral Managers are safeguarding trained and will deal with safeguarding concerns as they arise. The Pastoral Managers are as follows:

Year Group Pastoral Managers
Year 7 Miss Bradley 
Year 8 Miss Palmer
Year 9 Mrs Calvert
Year 10 Mrs Pearce
Year 11 Mr Sedgeley
Student Attendance  Miss Chandler

If you have any concerns regarding your son or daughter whilst at school please contact school and ask for the relevant Pastoral Manager.

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 Time

Every student will have an assembly with their year group once a week. They will celebrate days of national importance, for example world space week and world literacy day. They are also used to celebrate acts of kindness, students who uphold the schools core values, academic achievement and good attendance. They will also complement work carried out during the tutor program.

Each student is placed in a tutor group which will be with other students from the same year group. They follow a carefully designed tutor program for the 4 tutor sessions per week when they are not having an assembly.

The tutor program is shown below:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
Year 7 Literacy Careers Make it Stick Them and Us Assembly
Year 8 Them and us Assembly Literacy Careers Make it Stick
Year 9 Make it Stick Them and us Assembly Literacy Careers
Year 10 Careers Make it Stick Them and us Assembly Literacy
Year 11 Assembly Careers Subject based Intervention Subject based Intervention Literacy


Students will read relevant texts that will discuss issues that relate to their year group, along with key PSHE topics. The tutor will read the book aloud and students will follow with a ruler. The tutor will then lead a discussion about the themes within the text. Students will also look at the word of the week in the Literacy tutor lesson.


Students will be shown how to access Unifrog which helps them to make informed decisions about careers and pathways to different careers including sixth form, college, apprenticeships and universities. In year 7 students will look at key competencies including; leadership, organisation, resilience and initiative. Year 8s start to look at the options they can take at GCSE and the key competency of communication. In 9 students will look at further developing key competencies and well-being. Year 10 and 11 will look at the application process, the world of work, volunteer opportunities, post 16 choices and decisions.

Students in KS3 will have the opportunity to achieve a Core Values Hero award, which recognises students who have developed and evidenced the school Core Values.

Make it stick

Students work through a five week rotation top include; how do we learn, spelling quizzes, numeracy challenges, subject specific knowledge retrieval quizzes and student presentations.

Them and Us

Students work through activities linked to our School Core Values and British Values. Students will also develop an understanding and develop skills that promote kindness, living without harm and respect for themselves and others.

In addition students in year 11 also receive subject based intervention in different subject areas.

Tutor Group Rooms