Vertical tutoring - Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we tutor vertically?

A group of staff and students spent last year researching support systems in other schools – we have found that the benefits of small sized mixed age groups for tutorial sessions outweigh any concerns. Students and staff report they prefer the vertical system and year 7 in particular felt it helped them settle into the school more quickly. Schools using the vertical system report better attendance, better results, improved relationships and fewer incidents of bullying. We started vertically tutoring this September  2015. From this we also hope to see improvements in attendance and academic indicators.

When do the vertical tutor groups meet?

They meet every morning (unless there is an assembly) for 20 minutes, effectively replacing the traditional registration period with the tutor.

Will students be taught in vertical groups?

There are no plans to teach students in vertical groups at the moment

How many students will there be in each group?


Will all year groups be represented in each tutor group?

Vertical tutor groups are made up of 2-5 students from all year groups. 

How many houses are there?

There are three houses with five tutor groups in each house – Kelynack, Lafrowda and Lyonesse.

Who leads the house?

Each House is be led by a Head of House. Students are encouraged to take a leadership role within their House and all houses have Student Leaders or a Buddy who run tutor sessions and support younger students. The Buddy programme is open to all Year 11 students who are positive role models for their peers.

Who are the tutors?

Any member of Cape Cornwall staff may be a tutor.

Will my children be in the same house?

We would plan to put students in the same family in the same house to make communications with home easier.

Will my children be in the same tutor group?

Not unless there is a special request so this will be looked at on a case by case basis.

Who should I contact if there is a problem in school?

If it is subject related then the class teacher is the point of contact – more general queries can be directed to the tutor in the first instance and the Head of House thereafter.

How will the tutor support my son/daughter?

The tutor will have daily contact with the students so will be able to monitor academic progress and wellbeing. The tutor will also have a coaching role and will follow our coaching programme that has proved so successful in raising attainment.

How will the school support students in year-specific events such as Year 9 options?

There will be capacity for both House and Year assemblies so that specific cohorts of students can be given appropriate guidance at relevant stages. Members of the student support team will have particular responsibility for providing information, advice and guidance at key points in a student’s career.

Will students be with their friends in their new tutor groups?

Team building and friendship making activities will be a key feature of tutor sessions in September so all new students fit in quickly. A key feature of our tutor groups is their warmth, closeness and loyalty and Year 7 students tell us they soon feel they fit in, even if they are not with friends initially.

Where will the tutor base be?

Tutor bases will be grouped as houses in the school. This will allow flexibility and creativity in tutor time.

Who do I contact with any further questions?

Mr Kellas, Head of School

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