In addition to their housemaster or housemistress, each pupil has a personal tutor. In the Lower School (up to and including the GCSE year), this tutor will be a member of the house tutor team - each member of staff is allocated to a house, and has particular responsibility for his or her tutees' welfare. House tutors generally visit the house for one evening's duty each week, and one pre-lesson session per week is assigned to tutor groups, so tutor and pupil can maintain close contact. A tutor is often the first port of call for advice, help, sympathy, or simply a chat about the last sports match, and in addition the weekly lessons are used to review the regular reports that are written on the pupils and to work on their 'portfolios'. Over the course of the Third Form pupils will produce several 'portfolio' pieces that will be presented as a talk to the rest of the tutor group. In the Sixth Form, students are free to choose their own tutor from any of the teaching staff, usually from those who teach them or are involved in one of their extra-curricular interests.
Sixth Form Tutor
Sixth Form tutoring at Shrewsbury School involves the nurturing of individual students in a caring, supportive and mutually respectful environment. The fundamental importance of developing a strong relationship between tutor and tutee is reflected in our belief that students should choose their own tutor to guide them through their Sixth Form years. A vital administrative aspect of tutoring involves overseeing academic progress and university applications, yet the essential value of the role lies in expanding students’ intellectual, personal, cultural and moral horizons in preparation for entry into higher education and the adult world. Equally importantly, the tutor is uniquely placed to provide significant pastoral support from a position somewhere between the Housemaster and parents or guardians.
A key feature of the Sixth Form tutor system at Shrewsbury is that the student chooses their tutor. We realise that the needs of a varied and interesting group of students are necessarily very broad and diverse. Fortunately our staff is not a homogeneous group either! Students are given time to make their selection and soon get to know the character of members of staff, through teaching, extra-curricular activities and by word of mouth through the student grapevine.
The result is a student/tutor relationship which provides a firm foundation of support, advice and friendship throughout the Sixth Form (and often longer). This plays a crucial part in establishing the unique friendly yet respectful atmosphere between staff and students. In short it contributes immensely to the character of Salopians and the School.
Contact with someone that students respect, can inspire and prove to be a hugely motivating influence for them. It helps the students develop and mature, ensuring that when they leave Shrewsbury they are at ease with the adult world. Salopians are renowned for their ability to talk and impress in a huge variety of situations from purely social interactions to formal debates and interviews: a great skill in later life.