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Trent is a positive and happy school and the relationship between the tutor and their tutees is fundamental to this.

Tutor groups are small so there is time for important 1:1 conversations with individual pupils which help boost confidence and self-esteem. The tutor sees their tutees every day, to lift them up when they need it, to help them balance their commitments or just to be there as a familiar friendly face. The tutor also maintains close communication with home so that we are working in partnership for the benefit of the child. The tutor also plays a pivotal role in the support of our PSHE programme, helping to prepare our pupils for a full and purposeful role in the School and the wider community.

Normally pupils have three different tutors throughout their time at Trent: one in Lower School (Years 7 & 8), a new tutor for the three years in Main School (Years 9, 10 & 11) and another tutor for their two years in Sixth Form. Although the guidance provided by the tutor in the three tiers is different, there are many similarities, not least an expectation that the tutor will know their tutees as an individual, their likes and dislikes both in school and outside. Tutors enjoy and celebrate the successes of their tutees in the classroom, on the sports field, in musical and dramatic performances, in House competitions and in the tremendous range of activities and pursuits on offer at Trent. To further strengthen the tutor-tutee bond, all tutors are in the same House as their tutees. In order to ensure our tutors provide the highest standard of individual care to every pupil, we have a strong network of support around them. This support network includes:

- Heads of Year who line manage tutors and oversee the pastoral well-being and academic progress of all pupils within their year group.

- Heads of Tier for:

  • Lower School Years 7 & 8; Mr Hope.
  • Main School Years 9-11; Mr Noble.
  • Sixth Form Years 12 & 13; Ms Matthews.

- An excellent Welfare Team (School Counsellor, School Nurse, Head of Learning Support, Chaplain, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Head Pastoral and Head of PSHE).

We are very proud of the quality of care which is provided to the individual via their tutor. This, we believe, is an essential component of a positive, happy and flourishing school and is the foundation of the educational experience at Trent College. In the ISI inspection in summer 2015 we were delighted to be judged as 'Excellent' for our Pupils’ Personal Development.

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