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Tutor Support

All Sixth Form students have a personal tutor who builds a close working relationship with them through individual discussions, informal gatherings and weekly tutorial meetings.

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The tutor’s role is to support and champion their students’ academic progress as well as help and advise with choices, including the next stage of education or work. They are there to keep students purposeful, reflective and resilient in their approach to study and will liaise regularly with Sixth Form teachers. The tutors also have a role in monitoring and supporting the students’ wellbeing. At report times, tutors will discuss in detail each tutee’s progress, achievements and aspirations, as well as making practical plans for the future.

Each Sixth Form tutor group is small to allow for a strong relationship to be established between tutor and tutee and each tutor group has at least two tutors so that one-to-ones happen frequently for every student, each term.

Where possible, the tutor group stays together for the two years of Sixth Form experience. Leweston has a horizontal tutor system which means that tutors and their tutees benefit from being able to focus entirely on the priorities associated with each of the Sixth Form years. In Lower Sixth, for example, student induction and transition from GCSE to Sixth Form studies, and in Upper Sixth, the UCAS application process and preparation for final exams. Enrichment sessions, assemblies and various other Sixth Form activities throughout the year are vertical, involving the entire cohort of Lower and Upper Sixth.

An induction programme is organised for new Sixth Form students after GCSE examinations have finished. This provides an insight into life in the Sixth Form and helps the new group to start to bond.

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Staff Matthew Ryan-East

Mr Ryan-East

Head of Sixth Form

Mr Ryan-East, is responsible for designing a rich and varied tutor programme. The programme covers a range of relevant and stimulating topics, issues, skills, and themes to further support Sixth Form students’ intellectual, social, physical and emotional development.
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Mrs Simkins-Smith

Director of Boarding

As many of our Sixth Form board in some capacity Mrs Simkins-Smith, plays a significant role in many students’ lives. She is also Houseparent of Eleanor House, the boarding house for girls in Years 11 to 13.

Here are some of the ways that tutors and the Head of Sixth Form can help:

  • Advise on the right subject mix
  • Encourage in taking on new challenges
  • Help to balance the demands of work and extra-curricular activities
  • Suggest study skills to help work more effectively
  • Suggest time-management strategies especially around coursework deadlines and exams
  • Support at study reviews and disciplinary meetings

  • Help to set realistic goals
  • Contribute to and collate school reports and be available at Parents' Evenings
  • Help with CVs, personal statements, references and planning next steps
  • Write references for university or job applications 
  • Encourage the development of ideas and opinions
  • Offer a sympathetic ear