TIBHS sixth form ethos will be centred on ambition and that determination must be at the centre of everything the school does. We believe that all students should be able to learn in a safe environment, free from interruptions caused by disruptive behaviour, and will implement that commitment unambiguously.
Every young person is special and possesses a talent to be nurtured. The pastoral strategy will be geared to helping each student discover where their particular talents lie. All our students will have different needs at different times. They will learn in different ways and have different interests and areas of strength.
We have developed a highly personalised approach to meeting the academic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every student. We use information and data from secondary schools, from our own and national tests and from our meetings with students and parents to make sure we know our students well and understand their individual needs. Each boy will receive all the support he needs during his time in TIBHS sixth form – whether that means personalised care or constructive challenge.
Year Team System
Every student will be assigned to a tutor group led by a Personal Tutor (PT). The Personal Tutor will be the first point of contact between home and school. They will make sure parents are regularly updated on any issues that are preventing their son from learning. They will take particular care during the transition from secondary school to the sixth form. The PTs will run a detailed tutorial programme, designed to help the boys to focus on their learning and university preparation.
The Year Team will be responsible for ensuring the well-being of students. It will comprise the PTs for each year group, a dedicated Head of Year and the Head of Sixth Form.
For students with additional needs, those going through some sort of distress (eg after a bereavement) or those where there are attendance or behaviour issues, the sixth form will provide intensive support to make sure they get the help and support they need to succeed in their learning.
We also have a multi-agency team that supports the school in delivering the Every Child Matters and Extended Services agenda. Students have access to a school nurse, educational psychologist, social worker and other professionals.
The Tarbiyyah mentoring programme provides specialised, individual spiritual guidance for any young person in need.
Rewards and sanctions
Every student is special and TIBHS sixth form will regularly identify, reward and celebrate its students’ successes. These can be in any aspect of school life and could include rewards for regular attendance, outstanding academic achievement, making a good contribution to the local community or an act of kindness. Rewards can take many forms, ranging from simply saying “well done” to recognition at celebration assemblies or special events such as the annual presentation evening.
If standards at the School are to be maintained, it is equally important to have a clear, consistent sanctions system. This will be rigorously enforced by an explicit system of detention and report cards.
Partnership with parents
Experience at TIGHS sixth form has shown that the best results are achieved by active engagement and partnership with parents.
Our commitment to pastoral care and our processes for ensuring every student gets personal attention means that parents can be assured that their sons will flourish in our ambitious but supportive learning environment. Our Year Team structures ensure that we can identify and deal with any issues at the earliest possible stage.
All parents and guardians will be invited to attend an open evening at the start of Years 12 and 13 where they will be asked to sign a home-school agreement. This clearly sets out the School’s commitment to their sons, as well as what the School expects in terms of attendance and behaviour.
Each parent will receive half-termly report cards and will be required to attend half-termly performance review meetings. This will ensure that parents know where their son is up to, what they have achieved and any areas that need further attention. It will also be an opportunity for parents to give feedback to us and tell us what they’d like to see.