Every student who enters Tile Cross Academy is assigned to a year group under the overall control and guidance of Pastoral Managers. The day to day welfare (or pastoral care) system of the School is based around the Form Tutors, Pastoral Managers and Assistant Headteachers. The Form Tutors take responsibility for the well-being and progress of the students in their form. They check their attendance and punctuality, their appearance, their attitude to work and their behaviour. They advise students who have problems, offer them support and, when necessary, consult parents.
In this important pastoral role, the Form Tutors work closely with all their colleagues along with the Welfare Department. They are supported by Pastoral Managers, Assistant Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and the Headteacher. If parents are in any way concerned about their child’s well-being or progress, they are urged to get in touch with the School promptly.
In most cases the Form Tutors and the Pastoral Managers can help since they usually know the students best but other staff are available to talk to parents to discuss their concerns, if necessary. If visiting the school, parents are, however, asked to make appointments whenever possible since teachers have heavy commitments and cannot always make themselves available if parents visit the School without notice.
Each year group has a weekly assembly in the Central Hall, with Form Tutors, Pastoral Managers and a member of the Senior Leadership Team present. Others, including outside speakers are invited during the course of the year.