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Pastoral Structure

The Weald Houses





Mr J Wilson


Mr J Healy


Mrs V Green


Mrs S Summerfield


Miss J Moore 


Mrs A Sharp                    

The school is structured into six houses: Attenborough, Blackman, DaVinci, Mercury, Seacole, Thompson. Each has a non-teaching Head of House available for supporting students and parents. A house is typically made up of approximately 10 tutor groups. Year 11 have dedicated tutors; other tutor groups comprise 5-7 students from each year group, 7 through to 10. 

The house system supports our community ethos across all year groups as students throughout the school work together to take part in house events ranging from assemblies, charity fundraising activities, sporting events, music, dance and drama events as well as the many extra-curricular clubs and activities in a normal week. All positive activities in any aspect of school can earn house points which lead to a termly cup and the grand House Cup awarded each year with much celebration and reward.

The house structure particularly develops the leadership skills of our students. Each year group has house reps that play a key role in sporting and cultural events or in the running of the house or school council. Our House Captains are important role models who organise, lead and motivate their peers. They are invaluable in their support and guidance within their house community.

We are very proud of the quality of care, support and guidance that all our students receive as they grow into young adults.

The structure within houses supports students through:

  • Non-teaching Heads of House who are available for parents and students throughout the day for all pastoral needs (we aim to place siblings in the same house so each family becomes a valued part of the community)
  • Heads of Year who are able to track and monitor effectively to ensure strong academic progress
  • Learning Mentors who work in each key stage to mentor and support the progress of any vulnerable students
  • Two school counsellors available on referral for students who may need extra support from time to time

The structure within tutor groups supports students through:

  • Quality interaction for each student with their tutor when they need it
  • Structured and supportive peer mentoring
  • Senior peer mentoring from the VI form attached students
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Form time games, quizzes and competitions
  • Peer learning through structured form time activities