At DHSG we are extremely proud of our caring and supporting ethos. All students are assigned to their tutor groups in Year 12 based on their subject choices. We find that this gives the students an academic link with their tutor group, and where possible the tutor will also be a subject specialist of at least one of the subjects taken by the students. Additionally, support is provided by both the Assistant Head of Sixth Form and the Head of Sixth Form who oversee the tutor and careers programme. This is an essentially important aspect of Sixth Form life. Being able to the make the all-important jump from GCSE to A Level in a relatively short space of time is often one of the biggest demands a student can face. The importance of developing the tutor/student relationship is key throughout the time spent in Sixth Form. The role of the tutor is multi-faceted and at various stages the relationship a student has with their tutor will crucially underpin their studies, but also will act as general support throughout.
There are very clear and effective lines of communication between tutor, student, subject teacher, Assistant Head of Sixth Form and the Head of Sixth Form so that at all stages the education of our students is paramount. We regularly review all aspects of our students’ education from progress, attendance and approach to study. With this structure in place students are free to concentrate on their learning secure in the knowledge that they are clear who they can go to should there be any concerns. As a Sixth Form we have an excellent relationship with all stake holders and organisations. We have good relationships with our parents and work collaboratively to ensure that our students achieve well in a caring environment. Students that join us from other schools are also well looked after and very quickly settle in to life at DHSG, making friends and forming excellent working relationships with their tutors and class teachers. These students are all very positive about our ethos and are always happy to talk of their experiences in settling in at public events.