Sixth Form Life

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is the educational term used to describe caring for the wellbeing of young people in a school setting. The importance of pastoral care at KS5 cannot be overstated because it is in KS5 that young people are progressing towards independence and need considerable guidance and support. Many of the issues, which will become important later in life, first appear in these formative teenage years. Both academic attainment and behaviour are monitored with the aim of supporting each young person to grow in responsibility and in an understanding of their own role in an ever-changing world. It is essential that parents and those with pastoral care responsibilities work together to support the young person at KS5 to develop into a well-rounded young person who is confident and excited about their future. Theirs is a period of change in which they must develop the character, emotional resilience and sense of purpose in order to live lives in which their ambitions will be fulfilled. It is at this stage that essential skills are developed to enable young people to make a successful transition into the successful university life of a happy young adult.

The Tutor Group

Every child who attends is allocated to a Tutor Group. The role of the tutor leading the group is a very

responsible one as it is they who will be the focal point for so many aspects of the student’s life.

The tutor will:

  • Create a friendly, caring and open environment in which pupils feel comfortable and safe. Take an interest in the tutees as individuals and get to know them well.
  • Be responsible for the class register. They will monitor absence, lateness and sickness.
  • Monitor and keep a summary record of the pupils’ academic progress, behaviour and attendance.
  • Review merits and other forms of commendation.
  • Be pro-active in taking action to improve work and behaviour.
  • Support class teachers and to be the first point of contact for parents and teachers in case of difficulties or problems.
  • Check appearance and uniform and take appropriate steps in case of student failure to respect therules.
  • Work closely with the relevant Head of Key Stage to keep him/her informed of the whole class andindividuals work and behaviour.
  • Be a constant source of advice and guidance for the tutees.
  • Communicate with students regularly to identify any possible problems.

Expectations of Behaviour

We expect our students to behave in such a way that they are a credit to themselves, the school and their parents. We expect students to respect the authority of the teaching staff and other adults employed by the school and as such cooperate to foster the most productive learning environment possible.

We expect tolerance, acceptance and understanding amongst peers and will not accept destructive behaviour. Behaviour expectations also extend to travel on buses and occasions where our students are off main school site. We wish all of our students without exception to have the best possible experience at The International School of Andalucia.

In Key Stage 5 students are allowed to leave the premises during breaktime. They must sign in and out and continue to represent the school in a positive way wherever they are. Full uniform should always be worn and high standards of behaviour are expected.

Key Stage 5 students also have the use of a Study Room. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that this room is kept in reasonable condition and is shared for the benefit of all students. If behaviour and approaches to study, in this facility, is unacceptable we reserve the right to withdraw this privilege. On school trips students are expected to have exemplary behaviour in accordance with the schools behaviour policy. Where a student has misbehaved on a school trip a parent will be asked to collect their child at their expense.

Use of English

English is the language of instruction and should be used at all times in school, including study rooms and library (except when learning other languages). Wherever possible students should be encouraged to practise English by conversation and reading English text.

PSHE

A young person has both value and ambitions beyond academic attainment. In an increasingly competitive world young people need assistance in formulating emotional and soft skills which will assist their future development personally and socially.

The purpose of Personal Social & Health Education is to support the KS5 pupils to develop these relevant skills for the twenty first century.

In KS5 students receive one hour session of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) each week. These sessions are used to address issues which are of relevance to this current generation. Important topics to be addressed include: communication skills, gaining experience through taking on leadership and teamwork roles, personal hygiene and relationships,  and growing in independence. In addition, preparation for future careers are addressed including preparing for interviews and assistance with university applications.