Year 7 Homeroom Advantage

St Cuthbert’s is committed to the vision of enabling every girl to succeed at her own pace through developing her individual strengths, expanding her thinking, and building her inner confidence.

As an independent single-sex school, girls are at the forefront of everything St Cuthbert’s provides. Whether she excels on the sports field or on the stage, academically or in another unique way, the school ensures that every girl is able to explore her strengths in a supportive and inclusive environment.

What’s more, the dedicated teaching team at St Cuthbert’s ignites our students’ curiosity, creativity and passion for learning. That’s why the school has created a unique pastoral care model that is tailored to the needs of girls at every stage of their educational journey. Our unique Year 7 homeroom model gives girls the support they need to thrive socially, emotionally, and academically.

“Being connected to a homeroom encourages girls to develop their self-management skills, such as looking after their bags, books and instruments, as well as the ability to develop strong friendships within their peer level,” – Justine Mahon, Principal, St Cuthbert’s.

To take away the nerves of starting their Senior School journey in Year 7, St Cuthbert’s have created a programme in which girls who are new to the school are carefully buddied with those girls who have graduated from the Junior School, This way, every girl is able to recognise at least one other girl in their class on their very first day of school.

Years of working closely with girls has taught us that our younger Senior School girls need close comprehensive pastoral care.

One their first day of Year 7, each girl is assigned to a homeroom, where she is introduced to  a dedicated homeroom tutor teacher. Here, every student is taught the core subjects of English, Health, and Social Studies by her tutor teacher, who really gets to know the girls as individuals. Not only does this model assist with building a rapport between teacher and student, it also replicates the single-teacher model that is traditional to primary schools while gradually getting each girl accustomed to moving about the school and working with specialist teachers in other subjects.

“Offering strong pastoral care and wellbeing programmes across the school gives every girl the opportunity to develop the confidence and resilience she needs to be successful in whatever field she chooses and positions her to contribute positively to society,” – Justine Mahon, Principal, St Cuthbert’s.

Most importantly, the school’s homeroom teachers work in collaboration with other subject teachers, parents, and students to help balance homework with family commitments and extracurricular activities. This ‘whole child’ approach is adopted as a team to support every girl as she transitions from primary school into her senior years.