At Emmanuel College, we are committed to care holistically for the students entrusted to us. In order for students to flourish, in achieving their personal best and growing in character, they need to be supported both in their academic work with regard to pastoral care. To care for students pastorally without recognising the importance of academic achievement does our young people a disservice; we are unapologetic about academic excellence. Similarly, a focus just on academia would neglect wider avenues of support that our students require in order for them to achieve their best academically.
At Emmanuel College, students are supported primarily by their tutor who sees their tutees twice a day, in the morning and afternoon. There are 52 tutors in the College, with many tutor groups supported by assistant tutors as well. All College tutors are teaching staff, and include Heads of Departments and Pastoral Leads. Tutors are the first contact for parents and carers who have any concerns or worries. Tutors support students with initial pastoral, organisational and academic issues. They also provide more tailored support to students who are either on daily report sheets or undergoing weekly monitoring.
Tutors also provide the moral foundation for the College day, helping to instil the College’s Christian ethos and enabling students to grow in character. They do this through tutor reflections, which explore the themes of the week’s assemblies. These reflections encourage students to reflect on a Bible passage, and questions arising from said passage.
Leading Lower School (Year 7-9), Upper School (Year 10-11) and Sixth Form respectively is a senior member of staff as respective Head of School, who are each supported by a team of Pastoral Leads. The Heads of School and their teams are responsible for students’ academic progress, and ensuring that student conduct and standards are exemplary. They also support students in helping shape them to become leaders in our society and thus ensure that they grow in character both inside and outside the classroom. After the tutor, Pastoral Leads and Heads of School are the next point of contact should there be concerns. The Heads of School are key to Emmanuel’s holistic care vision, since they are responsible for both academic progress and pastoral care. The Head of Lower School is Mr Steer, Upper School Mr Ridley and Sixth Form Mr Sims.
In Sixth Form, an extra layer of support is provided through academic tutors. Each student is allocated a member of staff as an academic tutor who is there to help guide students through the various crucial steps as they apply to university and prepare for life beyond College.
Students who are on the SEND register, or who need extra bespoke academic provision, are supported by the Individualised Learning team, under the leadership of Mrs Armour, Head of Individualised Learning. This team supports students both in lessons and with specialist IL provision.
Some students need a different kind of support, because of various challenging situations they face, which could be health related, but could also involve other issues that affect a student’s wellbeing. Students who need more support in this way are referred to the Student Welfare Team. Mrs Scott, Head of Student Welfare, leads this team, aided by Student Welfare Officers. The Student Welfare team is focused on providing tailored provision that aims to ensure that a student’s academic progress and character development is not hindered by concerns that could otherwise have a detrimental effect on their well-being and time in College. Mrs Scott is also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, and teacher responsible for Looked After Students.
Leading the Lower, Upper and Sixth Form team, the Student Welfare and IL team is Mr Ogborn, Vice Principal (Students). Mr Ogborn is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead.