The tutorial system

The tutorial system at St. Paul’s School is a central aspect of life in the Senior School. All pupils are allocated to a tutor group by house, and a tutor.

The aims of our tutorial system are to:

  • create house spirit and a feeling of belonging
  • develop self-esteem and emotional wellbeing, by forming and maintaining worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work and in the community
  • develop self-awareness, social skills and citizenship through tutorial sessions, talks, links with charities, community service, assemblies etc.
  • acquire enduring values, develop integrity and autonomy and becoming responsible citizens capable of contributing to the development of a just society
  • develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally and, in particular, develop principles for distinguishing between right and wrong
  • prepare themselves for positions of leadership through field courses, assemblies, public speaking etc.
  • respond positively to opportunities, challenges and responsibilities, managing risk and coping with change and adversity.

The role of the tutor

Tutors have overall responsibility for the pastoral, academic and social development of the pupils in their group. They act as guide and counsellor and will offer positive criticism as well as a sympathetic ear. A tutor can often arrange one-to-one meetings to see a tutee at lunchtime, or before or after school.

If parents have a concern about their son or daughter’s development, the tutor should be the first port of call. It is hoped that tutors and parents can work closely together to support our pupils’ learning, and to resolve concerns before real difficulties occur.