Tallis isn't an exam factory and we are interested in the development of the whole person entrusted to our care. And by development we mean development in the round: the growth of a person's character as well as their intellect.
So good pastoral care is vital to student well-being: it matters to us here at Tallis and we put a lot of resources into it. Our pastoral system is designed to monitor a student's academic, emotional and social development, play a key role in progression pathways, and make sure that each of our students feels that they belong.The year is split into 2 year groups led by senior members of staff and their deputies. At present we have a team of 21 tutors who meet with students at the start and end of each day.
The Progression Team develops a programme which starts in year 10 to raise awareness of what is on offer at university and the world of work. In years 12 and 13 there is a bespoke programme of guidance, matching students to appropriate courses and career opportunities. We offer dedicated support for those applying to elite universities and art colleges, assisting students with portfolio construction and the application and interview process.
Every student at Tallis is assigned a tutor. The role of the Tallis 16+ tutor is multi-faceted. They monitor attendance and punctuality, check that students are happy in their studies, are a friendly face first thing and last thing in the day, and the first person to talk to if things aren't going well.
Our compulsory tutorial programme combines meetings with the tutor, visiting speakers, staff lectures and academic review sessions.
The programme includes:
We believe that this overlapping pastoral and academic relationship is key to the success of the young people in our care.