We pride ourselves on the strength of pastoral care to support this journey. Students join mixed tutor groups, each with a broad range of ability, on arrival in Year 7. The primary role of the tutor is to build positive relationships and a sense of belonging. They are the first point of contact for students’ welfare and progress as they see students daily for registration and guidance. They support students to settle into school and achieve maximum benefit from their time at George Abbot. They promote leadership opportunities and focus on developing responsibility, respect and resilience in students.
In Year 7 the Transition Manager and in Key Stage 4 and 5 the Key Stage Managers & Assistant Key Stage Managers oversee the academic and pastoral progress of every student, and give additional leadership and support to Form Tutors. Each year group also has their own Head of Year who has responsibility for the pastoral care, welfare and safety of the whole year group.
Each year group has a separate playground area which helps new intake students to settle easily into a large school. The sculpture garden is set aside as a quiet area for Y7 students who prefer to avoid the bustle of the playground. A Friendship Group and lunchtime club are run by Learning Support to support more vulnerable students. Students with more complex pastoral needs are supported by our Youth Workers, Counsellor or Home School Link Worker. A multi-agency Care Committee is held four times a year to plan interventions and personal pathways for these students.
We welcome the involvement of parents and guardians in school life and want to know about anything which can help us to help your children. Close co-operation and communication is essential to the welfare and development of students. We share your expectations that your child will be educated in a civilised and compassionate community and have a Home/ School Agreement which we ask both parents and students to endorse. Our values and standards of behaviour are taught consistently across the curriculum to enable all to work in an environment that promotes equality, respect and courtesy.
We value your engagement with the learning of your son/daughter so ask that you look
regularly at the work of the students as well as signing their planner weekly. Parents’ evenings are held once every academic year and are an important opportunity to discuss progress and wellbeing but parents may contact the school at any time to make an appointment to speak to their son/daughter’s Head of Year should a concern arise.
The school is fortunate to have a lively and very supportive PTA and a number of parents serve on the Governing Body. New parents are always very welcome to attend the functions and social evenings that are organised. In particular the PTA is delighted to have new members join the committee.