Vertical Tutoring – Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we tutor vertically?

A group of staff and students spent last year researching support systems in other schools – 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 will have at Trafalgar School.

When do the vertical tutor groups meet?

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

Will students be taught in vertical groups?

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

How many students will there be in each group?


Will all year groups be represented in each tutor group?

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

How many houses are there?

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

Who leads the house?

Each House is 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.

Who are the tutors?

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

Will my children be in the same house?

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

Will my children be in the same tutor group?

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

Who should I contact if there is a problem in school?

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.

How will the tutor support my son/daughter?

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

How will the school support students in year-specific events such as Year 9 options?

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.

Will students be with their friends in their new tutor groups?

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, Assistant Headteacher – Personal development, Behaviour and Welfare.

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