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.