Student Support - Lower School

Welcome to the Lower School, comprising of Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9.

(Updated : 09/04/2024)


Miss C Crutchley
Head of Lower School


Miss K Archer
Head of Year 7

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Miss S Bale
Head of Year 8

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Mr S Markwell
Head of Year 9


Mrs H Gilmore
Student Support Pastoral- Lower School


Mr M Jones
Lower School Raising Achievement Lead

Your child’s Head of Year is responsible for their holistic development, including their overall progress and attainment, personal and social development, behaviour and wellbeing.

Your child’s Progress Leader is responsible for supporting the Head of Year, working with students, Curriculum Area Leaders and subject teachers to ensure students achieve their full potential.

Year 7 Tutors

J -  Miss Law
T - Mrs Backstone
A - Mr Astle
Y - Mrs Gill
L - Mr Crowther
O - Miss Platts
R - Miss Arif / Miss James
H - Miss Roberts

Year 8 Tutors

J - Miss Jordan
T - Mrs Craddock / Mrs Barnes
A - Miss Smoker
Y - Mrs Dunn / Mr McFarlane
L - Mr King
O - Mrs Holmes
R - Mrs Cooper / Mrs Bonnett
H - Mr Kimber

Year 9 Tutors

J - Mr Hulley
T - Mrs Bowen / Mrs Bonnett
A - Miss read / Miss Davis
Y - Mrs Findon / Mr McFarlane
L - Miss Wagstaff
O - Mrs Brooks
R - Mr Roxburgh
H - Mr Kelly

Morning Registration

Morning registration is an important part of your child’s daily routine. There will be a weekly schedule of activities for each tutor group comprising of Safeguarding information, Careers and progression information, PSHE, news /current affairs, literacy, numeracy, quiz activities and sharing of information related to their specific year group. Tutors will also be ensuring that students are ready for the day ahead, including sharing key notices and checking uniform and equipment. As a reminder the uniform policy is available on the school website Students should also ensure that they have the basic equipment with them every day.


Students will have year group assemblies, usually once a week. These will take place in either the Hall or Sportshall. This information will be communicated with students through the daily bulletin. Assemblies will focus on a specific theme each week, most assemblies will be hosted by the Head of Year, however some themes may be delivered by other school staff and outside speakers. Assemblies are a vital part of your child’s wider education incorporating Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education as well as Safeguarding and Personal, Social and Health Education.

Leadership Opportunities

Throughout the course of the year, students will be informed about opportunities to work with peers in all year groups. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage your child to put themselves forward for these opportunities over the coming year. 


Each term we will be holding Celebration of Achievement assemblies. We would like to encourage parents to keep us informed of successes and achievements outside of school so we can congratulate our Lower School students.


Our communication policy is to respond to parental enquiries within two working days. For general enquiries about your child, please make contact with the Head of Year. For subject specific enquiries please follow the link to the staffing page to identify who best to contact. This information can be found here.

Once you have found the appropriate member of staff's name, please complete the contact form (link below) and request that the message be forwarded as required.