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Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is at the heart of SGS. 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.

Pupils receive regular Approach To Learning grades and reports and there are parents’ evenings for each year group. 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.

Download the Sixth Form Pastoral Curriculum 2023-2024 (pdf)

The School believes that effective relationships education and relationships and sex education is essential for young people to make responsible and well-informed decisions about their lives.

View the Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education Policy (pdf)

Appendix 1 – Parents’ Consultation (pdf)

Appendix 3 – Senior School – Life Studies (pdf)

Appendix 4 – Senior School – Computer Science (pdf)

Appendix 5 – Senior School – Biology (pdf)

Appendix 6 – Senior School – Lower School Pastoral Curriculum (pdf)

Appendix 7 – Senior School – Middle School Pastoral Curriculum (pdf)

Appendix 8 – Senior School Sixth Form Pastoral Curriculum (pdf)


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.

View the Safeguarding Policy (pdf)

Appendix 1 – Advice to Staff (pdf)

Appendix 2 – Staff Code of Conduct (pdf)

Appendix 3 – Safeguarding Response to Children Missing Education (pdf)

Appendix 4 – Visiting Speaker Protocol (pdf)

Appendix 5 – Radicalisation Risk Assessment (pdf)

Keeping Children Safe In Education (pdf)

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.

Download the Operation Encompass Parental Letter (pdf)