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Tutorial Programme

Tutors play a central role in the personal and academic success of every student. They have daily contact with each student in their group and are an integral part of academic monitoring, support and reporting to parents. Tutors are the first point of contact for parents; and they will also facilitate other meetings with senior staff or subject teachers if needed. Parents and Carers receive clear, frequent feedback on their child’s learning and we ensure that they receive regular updates on performance.

We regard our relationship with home as a partnership to promote the success and happiness of our students. The school’s tutorial programme is designed to help students develop study skills, social responsibility, self confidence and respect for others, both in school and beyond. Tutor groups lead whole-school briefings and assemblies, and showcase activities. Student responsibility is a big part of Bristol Free School and in our second (and subsequent) year(s) every Year 8 student will play a part in inducting new Year 7s, through the ‘Tutor Group Pairing’ system.

In terms of representation, two students from each tutor group are elected on to the Student Council, which plays a real role in reviewing school policy; the current Code of Conduct was written by the Student Council in 2011/12. We are sure that our approach is working because visitors to our school so often comment on the wonderful atmosphere at Bristol Free School; and the respectful, friendly relationships between students - and between students and adults.

Structure of the programme:

The tutorial programme involves 5 weekly sessions that run from 10:30 until 11:00:

  • Briefing – led and coordinated by Mr Sillince – linking to the tutorial sessions.
  • Assembly – led and coordinated by Mr Jones but also delivered by staff & students and guest speakers
  • Logistics (diary signing, notices, equipment / uniform check) / literacy / numeracy time
  • Themed tutorial sessions
  • Mentoring tutorial sessions – where year 7 & 8 students will have an opportunity to work together.

There will be 6 year 7 and 6 year 8 tutor groups, each with a dedicated tutor. Each year 7 tutor group will also be paired with a year 8 tutor group.

Academic Monitoring

Tutors play an active role in monitoring the progress of their tutees. There are 2 academic monitoring days where tutors meet students and parents to discuss progress made in all subjects and set relevant, pertinent and focussed targets and action plans that will help students continue their improvements.

Tutors also write a final report to parents about their child’s progress over the course of the year.

In most instances, and for most queries, your child’s tutor will be the first port of call as they are the people who have an overview of all aspects of your child’s development and progress in school. They are excellent conduits between home and school.

An exemplar weekly structure:




Tutorial session / Logistics


Peer Mentoring (mixed year 7 & 8)


Tutorial session / Logistics