Pastoral care is delivered primarily through tutor groups. The tutor is central to pastoral care at the College. Typically, each tutor group has less than 12 students. Formal tutorial meetings take place on a weekly basis and the tutor is responsible for the total welfare of his/her tutee involving academic, social, extra-curricular monitoring and guidance. More informal contact with tutees is made at least twice daily. The tutor is, in most cases, the first point of call for parents.
Each competitive house, Hopton, Stokesay or Wigmore, is divided into four tutor groups with Forms 1 & 2 grouped together then Forms 3, 4 & 5 having year specific tutor groups. Geographically, Hopton form rooms are located on the ground floor of the Hopewell building, with Wigmore located on the first floor and Stokesay based in the north of the campus near the Music School. Each competitive house is led by a Head of House who deals with all pastoral matters for day students, whereas tutors refer pastoral matters concerning boarding students to the relevant boarding houseparent, keeping the Head of Competitive House informed.
This wrap around care ensures no-one gets ‘lost’ and any problems or students’ concerns are spotted and dealt with rapidly and effectively.