Every boy has a personal tutor drawn from both the teaching and support staff. A boy can expect to meet for an individual and private discussion at least every two weeks, often more frequently, especially if there are difficulties to resolve.
Whilst academic and pastoral matters are at the top of the agenda in the regular meetings, tutors are more than just monitors. They will take an interest in all aspects of their tutees' lives, watching them in plays, concerts and matches, for example. They will encourage the fullest participation in the range of extra-curricular activities, or caution when a boy is spreading himself too thinly. They will complement a boy's parents in their role, helping him to become a well-adjusted young man who functions effectively socially, morally and spiritually.
For the first three years of his time in the School, a boy can expect to have his tutor allocated to him. However, in the sixth form a boy can express a preference for a particular tutor from within his House team for the final two years. In sixth form tutorials, which can be held with a group of tutees together, a range of topics can be covered that help to promote good working practices, good interaction in a seminar, good debating skills, good presentation skills and so on. Evidence shows that boys benefit hugely from this approach, and we are proud of our achievements in helping our boys to make the most of their undoubted talents.
We believe that attention to each and every boy is critical. A boy's tutor can play a very important part in his life, particularly when a good and lasting relationship is built up over a number of years. It is not uncommon for a boy to refer to his tutor for advice long after he has left the School.
Peter Watts BSc
Deputy Head (Pastoral)