OUR SCHOOL IS A LEARNING FAMILY; EVERY CHILD, PARENT, CARER, STAFF MEMBER AND GOVERNOR IS WELCOMED AND BELONGS TO OUR FAMILY.
Our staff work with every one of our students, encouraging them, challenging them and ensuring that they become the best they can be.
Each student will belong to a family group which they will know as their tutor group. The small size of the family groups ensures the students make good relationships with every member of their family group including the tutor. Students can freely seek advice and support, and learn to look out for one another around the school campus. The family tutor is the first point of contact between home and school. They will get to know your child very well and nurture them throughout the year. The family tutor will also monitor punctuality, attendance, work ethic and progress both formally and informally and identify any issues or difficulties and respond to them, keeping you informed at all times.
There are four houses at St Mary Magdalene; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. All students are also assigned to a house when they start at the school. Siblings are always put in the same houses and students joining us from our primary departments will stay in the same house. Students collect house points, support house charities, compete in inter-house competitions and perform in inter-house cultural evenings. There are also house reward trips throughout the school year. Once a week students will attend collective worship with their house group.
One of our primary aims is to be a school family that cares for each other and we expect all of our students to be involved in mentoring, supporting or working with pupils in the primary departments and eventually in the sixth form phase. This might involve listening to reading, sports coaching, assisting in clubs or in a whole range of other activities. We want our students to serve each other and know that in doing so they grow in their own leadership and self-discipline.
CHAPLAINCY AND OTHER SUPPORT AGENCIES
We are an inclusive school and recognise that at times students might need additional support to that provided by their family tutor. We have a part-time chaplain who works across our federation schools supporting students and their families. Our Home School Link Worker also provides support and intervention programmes for students who need extra help and direction with their learning in and outside the classroom.