Vertical Tutoring – Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we tutor vertically?

We have found that the benefits of small sized mixed age groups for tutorial sessions, far outweigh any concerns. Research shows that students and staff report they prefer vertical tutoring and year 7 students in particular feel it helps them to settle into the school more quickly. Schools using the vertical system report better attendance, better results, improved relationships and fewer incidents of bullying. We are extremely excited about the positive impact vertical tutoring has at Trafalgar School.

They meet every afternoon (unless there is an assembly) for 20 minutes.

There are no plans to teach students in vertical groups at the moment.


Yes, vertical tutor groups are made up of students from all year groups.

There are four houses with eleven tutor groups in each house – Sovereign, Britannia, Temeraire, and Victory.

Each House is to be led by a Head of House. Students are also encouraged to take on leadership roles within their House and all houses have Student Leaders at different levels.

All staff at Trafalgar School may be a Form Tutor or Co-Tutor.

We would plan to put students in the same family in the same house to make communication with home easier.

No, not unless there is a special request in which case this will be looked at on a case by case basis.

If it is subject related then the class teacher is the point of contact – more general queries can be directed to the tutor in the first instance and the Head of House thereafter.

The Form Tutor will have daily contact with the students so will be able to monitor academic progress and wellbeing.

There will be capacity for both House and Year assemblies so that specific cohorts of students can be given appropriate guidance at relevant stages. Members of the student support team will have particular responsibility for providing information, advice and guidance at key points in a student’s career.

Team building activities will be part of tutor sessions in September so all new students fit in quickly. A key feature of our tutor groups will be their warmth, closeness and loyalty so everyone soon feels they fit in, even if they are not with friends initially.

Who do I contact with any further questions?

Miss Pearse, Head of School