Pastoral care is at the heart of SGS and every teacher in the school has a pastoral role. In the Sixth Form, the Head of Sixth Form works closely with two Heads of Year, who are each responsible for the pastoral and academic welfare of a cohort of students throughout their two years in the Sixth Form.
The form tutor is the first point of contact for parents and oversees the personal and academic welfare of students, through a combination of informal contact and tutor periods. Pupils in the Sixth Form are allocated to tutor groups of typically 12 students, each with a form tutor responsible for the welfare, pastoral care and guidance of his or her tutees.
Students will usually be assigned a tutor who is based within the department of one of their A-Level courses. In this way, advice can be sought and problems dealt with as swiftly as possible. The progress of all Sixth Formers is regularly assessed and reviewed.
The two Heads of Year, alongside the Head of Sixth Form, oversee the pastoral work of their team of form tutors, who play a key role in the delivery of our Pastoral Curriculum and in ensuring that their tutees are healthy, both mentally and physically.
The School Nurses and Chaplain make important contributions to our pastoral provision, while the Beacon Counsellors, who are not members of staff, are available by appointment throughout the week for confidential consultation.
Parents meet with teachers and tutors at Parents’ Evenings and on a number of occasions during the year as appropriate to each student’s needs. Half-termly effort grades are issued in addition to twice-yearly reports. Early in the first term of Lower Sixth, there is an information evening for parents and students, whilst in the Summer Term of the Lower Sixth year, a higher education evening is held.
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Our school is part of the Operation Encompass project that runs in partnership with Stockport Safeguarding Board and Greater Manchester Police. Operation Encompass provides early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school which might have an impact on a child attending school the following day.