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Pastoral Care

Nottingham High School

At the heart of our pastoral care is our unique vertical Tutor System.  The progress of all our pupils is followed closely by their Tutor, who stays with them during their time at the School.  The Tutor is the first point of contact for both the pupil and their parents and they monitor both the academic and co-curricular life of the pupil, empowering them to grow, not only as an individual, but also socially within the High School community. 

We believe that successful education of the pupils starts with a partnership between pupil, parents and guardians and the School. Tutors are always willing to meet with families and to discuss any issue which may arise at the soonest opportunity; equally Tutors are contactable by email.

Tutors and Houses

Tutors are responsible for the pastoral care of their Tutees (three or four from each Year Group) and are the main point of contact for parents and guardians in School. Each Tutor welcomes contact with parents and guardians so that they can understand and assist the pupils to work happily and securely in our School.  Tutors supervise progress in work, sport and School activities throughout a pupil’s time here.

Tutor Sets meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.45am, and each Tutor is responsible, (with an Assistant Tutor,) for about twenty four pupils of all ages. The Friday sessions are split, with the Tutor working closely with the Sixth Form Pupils and the Assistant Tutor with Year 7 – 11.

In the Senior School, each Tutor Set is one of nine within one of the four Houses. Our four Houses are: Cooper's; Maples'; Mellers' and White's.

A pupil's House is an important focus at School, and provides them with a framework for meeting and working with other pupils of all ages in sporting and cultural competitions and other important activities such as fundraising for charities. As the pupils remain with their Tutor throughout their time at the School, the House system encourages continuity of team spirit and friendship.  

In Sixth Form, pupils’ personal Tutors work closely with them throughout Years 12 and 13 as they begin to prepare for life beyond school – considering career choices, making university applications, writing personal statements and attending interviews.

Heads of Year, Form Teachers and Forms

Each Year Group is split into five forms which meet promptly at 8.45 on Mondays and Thursdays for registration. Our Form Teachers are important contributors to each pupil’s welfare and are principally responsible, with the Head of Year, for the delivery of the General Education Programme (GEP) of lessons.

Heads of Year are responsible for coordinating activities for each Year Group, such as Activities Days, and also for the General Education Programme, which covers many aspects of personal, social and health education. GEP uses teaching periods weekly in three half-termly blocks throughout the school year.


As a School we are proud of our multicultural and diverse background and welcome children of all faiths to our School. We feel that, by living and working together in this context, our community becomes stronger and more rounded. Assemblies are an important element of our pastoral care and the messages we deliver usually focus on the human aspect of our world and on life skills that help our community live happily together. The pupils themselves often lead our Assemblies and pupils of different faiths explain their own festivals and religions when there is the opportunity, to either the Whole School or in smaller Year Group assemblies.

Alongside the Whole School weekly assembly, the Sixth Form and Years 10/11 have assemblies weekly focusing on specific topics related to their current focus.

After School Care

The Senior School is open from 7.45 a.m. A breakfast service is available in the Dining Hall from 7.45 to 8:40am. The ICT centre opens at 8.00am and closes at 5.00pm. The School Library opens at 8:00 and remains open until 6:00 p.m.  This is supervised at all times and pupils may wait there for their parents to pick them up after school.  There is no extra charge incurred for this.

School Counselling Service

Mr Hawes is the School Counsellor and normally works at the School on a Monday and Wednesday. The Service also has a female trainee counsellor. Presently the School counselling room is situated opposite the Library. 

Pupils come to the counsellor for a variety of reasons which may include anxiety, stress, lacking energy and feeling stuck. 

“I had a completely different attitude when I arrived at counselling, and, after a few sessions, things changed. I would definitely recommend the counselling service for someone under stress or just unsure about things” Nottingham High School student