The Pastoral System
At Ken Stimpson Community School we organise our pastoral system into Houses and a vertical tutoring structure. We have four Houses, Aspire, Excellence, Integrity and Success. Your child will belong to one of these Houses. There is a separate Year 7 tutor system to induct and embed students into life at KSCS. The Middle School contains tutor groups with Year 8 to Year 10 students. Upper School tutor groups consist of a mix of Years 11-13 students. Tutor groups meet for 20 minutes each day becoming a small, self-supporting group. Under this system we believe students learn to work together with other young people, taking responsibility and leadership roles. House assemblies take place on a weekly basis, with Year group assemblies taking place when necessary (focussing on examination guidance, careers related activities etc). Academic mentoring and preparation for the life beyond the school is a key element of tutor time with specialist input from staff at specific times throughout the academic year.
We believe that a Vertical Tutoring Structure:
- Raises achievement
- Develops a more cohesive school community - where students are aware of what goes on throughout the whole school community and not just an isolated year group. We are a family working together.
- Gives tutor groups and Houses more consistent rules, aims and expectations.
- Shows, with evidence from other schools, improvements in student behaviour and reduceds bullying even further.
- Opens up opportunities for friendly, academic and social competitions run across tutor groups and Houses.
- Gives students relief from peer pressures that naturally occur within same age tutor groups.
- Improves support for younger student's.
- Provides leadership opportunities for upper school students.
- Increases and enhances individual support and guidance e.g. peer mentoring, academic mentoring and coaching.
- Strengthens school partnerships with home and families.
In Year 7 students are placed into tutor groups alongside other Year 7 students. Each lower school group consists of approximately 25 students. These tutor groups divide the students into each of our four houses, Aspire, Excellence, Integrity and Success where they will remain throughout their time at KSCS. Lower School was created to support a smooth transition from primary school to secondary. Year 7 students are taught in tutor groups for subject lessons.
At the end of Year 7 students will transfer from the Lower School to Middle School and into tutor groups containing a mix of Year 8, 9 and 10 students. Middle School includes four Heads of House and students continue in the House system they are placed in at the start of Year 7. Each House also has a Student Support Officer - a non-teaching member of staff who supports the day to day issues faced by students within their house.
There are inter-form and inter-House competitions that form an integral part of our vertical tutoring system. Students are awarded positive points and can be deducted negative points that contribute to their House totals.
Major events to support House competition include:
- Attendance & Punctuality Tracker
- Behaviour Tracker
- Sports Day
- House Quizzes
- Faculty/Subject based competitions
LowerSchoolSupport [at] kscs.org.uk ()
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The Aspire Team are extremely committed to the students at Ken Stimpson School. It is our hope to see our students believe in the unthinkable and achieve above and beyond their wildest dreams. We endeavour to give them a vision for their future so they can be Successful and enter into this big wide world equipped with Integrity. We aim to do everything with an Excellent attitude so that not only the students but the staff can Aspire to great heights.
“Be a King. Dare to be Different, Dare to Manifest Your Greatness.” - Jaachynma N.E. Agu, The Prince and the Pauper
Head of Aspire House
AspireSupport [at] kscs.org.uk ()
Miss Harvey - Mrs Read - Mr Walji
Email: AspireSupport [at] kscs.org.uk
“Excellence is not a skill it is an attitude” - Ralph Marston
“We are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act but a habit” - Aristotle
These two quotes sum up for me the essence of what I hope to see from our the students in Excellence. To develop as young learners and young adults I believe that we need to continually look to do everything as well as we can and to strive for excellence. This starts with our general theme of simply 'giving it a go' and a positive 'can do' attitude. We have a proud record of achieving well in tutor group tasks and most notably with raising money for charity.
Each tutor group has students with a range of interests and talents that can work together to create a great team. Through the promotion of the school ethos and encouraging a wider responsibility we hope to develop students to leave education ready for the wide world, and that students leave proud of their time in school and their contributions to school life.
I wish every student the very best for their time in Excellence House and look forward to working together as school, students and parents.
Head of Excellence House
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Ms Sothmann - Mrs Dunn - Mr Swift
Email: ExcellenceSupport [at] kscs.org.uk
I am very proud to be the Head of Integrity House, we have a wonderful group of young people with as many talents as there are individual students. I am also fortunate to be surrounded by a team of tutors and support staff with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
This year, working together with parents/carers and everybody in Integrity House we will continue to uphold the school values and be the very best we can be. Positive attendance, and punctuality, enjoying new experiences, learning new things every day, all help towards every child reaching their full potential.
On behalf of all of us in Integrity House, I would like to wish you all a successful and exciting year. I am very confident that every student in Integrity House will do themselves proud.
Head of Integrity House
IntegritySupport [at] kscs.org.uk ()
Mr Housley - Mrs Kelly - Ms Mercuri
Email: IntegritySupport [at] kscs.org.uk
"Success belongs to those who are willing to work harder than anyone else." This is a quote that I feel suitably sums up the attitude and values of Success House at Ken Stimpson Community School. The House embodies a great team of tutors and students working hand in hand with parents/carers and ensuring effective learning and communication. We endeavour to reward and celebrate achievement and hardwork. We recognise that every student is an individual and we look to educate, nurture and support their academic studies and goals for the future.
Students are encouraged to challenge themselves in their work both inside and outside of school and respect each other and the teaching faculty. I want every student to leave our school proud and confident of where they have been and where they are going.
Head of Success House
SuccessSupport [at] kscs.org.uk ()
Mr Billitt - Mrs Boughton (Support dependent on Year Group)
Email: SuccessSupport [at] kscs.org.uk