Wellbeing and PSHE

Nonsuch aims to personalise the learning for every Sixth Form student. Our 20 specialist Sixth Form tutors, work closely with our students and parents to support students in their progress as well as to develop each student’s moral views, sense of responsibility, self-reliance and awareness of themselves in relation to other people and the community. Our aim is to prepare each student to meet and embrace the challenges of life.

On entry to the Sixth Form, students are each allocated a personal tutor for the two-years they are with us. Each tutor will have no more than 20 Sixth Form students and each week we provide an opportunity for Year 12 and Year 13 students to meet during tutor time.

The tutor is the primary well-being contact for each student. Every Monday and Friday during afternoon registration, each member of the tutor group will have a one-to-one mentoring session with their tutor on a rolling programme. This is very similar to university level support and an excellent feature of our Sixth Form. The idea is that tutors coach the girls to be self-reflective and resilient individuals, keeping their successes and areas for growth in proper perspective.

Particular attention is given to the personal and social development of our students and as a consequence we run an extensive Tutorial Programme. Our PSHE programme aims to give you a toolkit to deal with life during Year 12 and 13 and throughout your lives, tackling head-on many of the issues which face young women today. We engage dynamic outside speakers, and encourage healthy debate on a wide range of issues. Themes include E-safety awareness; Consent; and Relationships and sex.

Each student is also allocated to one of the School’s houses. The numerous competitions and house events ensure that there is something for everyone to participate in and encourages a sense of community across the school.

Throughout sixth form we are very keen to communicate with students and their parents regarding progress at school.  We have systems that allow us to review progress and attendance on regular occasions.  Over the two years, parents will receive a number of Progress Reports and students discuss these with their tutor in Academic Review Meetings.  There are also half-termly Mentoring Sessions with Tutors on four occasions during the two-year course.  In the first term of each year, students will also have a chance to meet with their teachers and discuss specific subject targets.  These systems are intended to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and to assess their progress realistically.  Further consultations with tutors, the Head of Year and parents will take place if this is deemed advisable.

During Year 12 and 13 students and parents are invited to a Consultation Evening which will provide an opportunity to discuss progress as well as identify strengths and weaknesses and to indicate the way forward in order to ensure success in the final summer examinations.