At Whitgift we give pupils the opportunity to flourish by supporting them in all of their endeavours, and catering to the needs of every individual within the school community, such that they lead happy, fulfilled lives.
As a School we hope to foster ambition, self-esteem, responsibility, integrity, and tolerance and respect for others whilst at the same time, ensuring that every pupil can experience as rich a life as possible. The central tenets of this support are the Tutor and the Year group team, who provide emotional support and guidance on a whole range of topics, nurturing each pupil in his quest to find his ‘happy place’ and thrive in his chosen field, be that academically, creatively, sportingly or socially.
Part of preparing you for the modern world and equipping you with the skills and strategies needed to be successful, include our tutoring and assembly programme and PSHEE lessons on a whole range of pertinent and sensitive topics. We ask for you to get involved, to react and respond to issues to develop and widen your understanding of the world around you.
Your Tutor is the central figure. As well as being a source of inspiration, the Tutor is responsible for the guidance and personal welfare of the pupils in their tutor group, meeting them every morning and afternoon at registration. Tutors keep records of attendance and academic progress for each boy in the group, and they are also aware of individual circumstances and needs.
Heads of Year and Heads of Section
A Head of Year, along with a Deputy and Assistant is attached to each year group. It is the Head of Year’s responsibility to oversee the progress of the whole year and support and guide Tutors with individual pupils and issues. The Heads of Section have overall responsibility for every aspect of the life of their sections, in academic, pastoral and organisational terms. Heads of Section meet regularly with the Pastoral Deputy in order to ensure continuity of approach across the school.
We also recognise the importance of fostering a culture of peer support, encouraging students to develop emotional intelligence, empathy, and resilience through the PSHEE programme, and providing training for Sixth Form pupils in mentoring, safeguarding, and conflict resolution.