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Introducing Houses and the Vertical Tutoring System

We would like to inform you of a number of important whole school improvements that are being introduced in September 2020. These have been designed to improve the existing student support systems and complement Brookfield’s “committed to excellence” ethos.

We firmly believe that outstanding academic progress is underpinned by outstanding safeguarding, pastoral support, guidance and care. We are pleased to inform you that from September 2020, students will receive increased levels of pastoral support from their Form Tutors, Co-tutors, Heads of House and via the introduction of four new Pastoral Support Assistants. The new Pastoral Support Assistants will be non-teaching members of staff, allowing students access to pastoral support and guidance throughout the school day.

From September 2020 there will be five Houses: House A, House B, House C, House D and House E. All students will be assigned to a House. The names of the Houses are currently being decided in consultation with the student council.

Part of the new House System is the introduction of vertical tutor groups. From September 2020, students in Years 7-11 will be organised into new, smaller tutor groups that will contain a balanced mix of students from each of the five year groups. This system is used in all Redhill Academy Trust schools and is celebrated as good practice. Vertical tutoring is also used in a number of other local secondary schools including Dronfield Henry Fanshawe, All Saints (Sheffield) and High Storrs (Sheffield).

For full information, please see this letter to all parents, and these Frequently Asked Questions.