How do we support our students?
1. Form Tutors
Every student is a member of a tutor group led by a Form Tutor. This dedicated member of staff supports each student’s learning and wellbeing by
Leading a tutor group session each morning where matters important to students academic and social development can be discussed
Holding regular check-in with individuals or small groups of students for more personalised pastoral care
Building social connections between tutor group members
Form Tutors also act as a point of contact for students and parents on any aspect of school life. They play a key role in monitoring and supporting students in their learning across all their subjects. Whenever parents want to know how their child is doing at school, the person they can most easily turn to is their child’s form tutor.
This relationship between students, tutors and parents continues each year across the three Key Stages in High School. This means that the child moves up to the next year group, their form tutor moves up with them until that particular Key Stage is complete.
2. Individual Learning and Language Support
All students who benefit from EAL or Learning Support will have additional support from an individual specialist. This specialist can work alongside the student in the class, encouraging them to participate or contribute in mainstream lessons, or the learning support teacher can work with students in specialised 'pull-out' lessons that are more tailored to how they might best engage with a topic.
The goal of learning and language support is to imbue students with the knowledge, confidence and wherewithal to learn independently without support, so they are better prepared to fulfil their long-term educational aspirations.
3. Advice, Support and Counselling Team
Our dedicated team of counselling professionals continue to support each student at St Andrews through online, face-to-face sessions during virtual learning periods.
All new students receive support from our Student Support Team led by the Head of Year and School Counsellors to ensure learners feel comfortable, confident, and content about their transition to High School life at St Andrews.
4. Wellbeing Curriculum
In order to develop the skills and awareness to be responsible for their own wellbeing, our students have a full range of activities and resources designed to keep their minds and bodies healthy while participating in the virtual school environment.
Our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, alongside our Counselling team, extends existing curriculum programs to enhance student health and wellbeing, resilience and the development of life skills face-to-face and when learning online.
5. Learning Technology Support
Learning at St Andrews operates in a dynamic, technology-based environment, which enables our students to intuitively shift easily between a multitude of approaches to learning. Our IT Support Team leads all new students through an Introduction to VSE training session to ensure that they are ready to engage in online lessons from day one. This Team provides ongoing support to all students and parents throughout the year and throughout their High School journey.