The Kings School Prospectus (digital) - page 5

We are absolutely committed to the principle that every child matters, every day. We pride ourselves in
placing a strong emphasis on the concept of the school as a family, where we recognise the importance
of the individual, but at the same time are sympathetic and understanding of the needs of others.
We recognise that youngsters arrive with a wide range of experiences, aptitudes and abilities. We
work closely with the junior schools to make sure that we get to know our pupils well - we have a
comprehensive transition programme, including activities during the summer holiday, and every pupil
comes to Kings’ to spend the day with us during the summer term of Year 6.
Each pupil is a member of a Tutor Group of approximately 28 pupils under the care and co-ordination
of a Head of Year, Deputy Head of Year and pastoral support staff alongside the tutor. The group (tutor
and pupils) stay together through Years 7 to 11 and this continuity leads to greater understanding and
support. The tutor is the first point of contact for parents and has oversight of each tutee’s welfare and
progress. All pastoral staff are pleased to see parents at any mutually convenient time should there be
any issues or matters you wish to discuss.
Our Head of Year 7 arranges the tutor groups to meet learning needs, so that no Year 7 pupil feels
isolated, and is able to learn unhindered. The tutor group meets with their tutor twice every day for
registration periods.
Frequent assemblies reinforce the sense of the school as a community and help individuals feel that
they belong. They also provide opportunities for moral teaching and the celebration of success of
individuals and groups.
Senior pupils, too, play their part in supporting younger pupils by assisting in tutor groups and acting
as peer mentors.
In recent years the school has recognised that our young people are moving into a world which is
changing fast and is, in many ways, significantly more challenging than the one we adults remember.
As a response, the school has developed a team of people with a range of specific skills who are best
positioned to provide support and guidance for our pupils’ welfare.
“No time is wasted in managing behaviour
because students know exactly how the
school expects them to behave. There are
very few exclusions from school and the very
small number of students who have difficulty
in managing their behaviour are effectively
supported so that they can succeed.”
“That’s what education means – to be able to
do what you have never done before.”
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