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The Pastoral System

At St Thomas Aquinas we place great emphasis on our pastoral system. The role of the form tutor is vital and all students spend 20 minutes each morning and 10 minutes each afternoon (apart from Wednesday) with their tutor. 

The students are in year tutor groups with approximately 26 students in each tutor group. There are 8 tutor groups in each year across KS3 and KS4 all named after a prominent Catholic Patron –Bosco, Fisher, John Paul, Martin, More, Newman, Romero and Teresa. Each year is led by an experienced teacher as the Head of Year with the support of a Learning Pastoral Support Mentor. There are 

There are 8 tutor groups in the 6th form with a mix of year 12 and 13 students in each.


Head of Year TeamHead of House Team
Year 7 - Mrs Lavelle Bosco - Mr Stephenson
Year 8 - Mrs McCabe Fisher - Mr Gay
Year 9 - Mrs Bayliss John Paul - Mr Smyllie
Year 10 - Mrs Devlin Martin - Mrs McCabe
Year 11 - Mr Stephenson More - Mrs Lavelle
Year 12 & 13 - Mrs Davies Newman - Mrs Bayliss
Romero - Mr Flood
Teresa - Mrs Devlin



The Learning 4 Life tutor programme has a distinct year group focus ensuring the students have opportunities to develop, covering all aspects of the Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural and Vocation education. This also covers the Citizenship/PSHE and Career, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance needed to ensure examination readiness, considering future pathways, university applications and careers. 

Each house has its own distinctive colour and shield. Competition between the houses is strong but friendly across a whole range of areas including attendance, punctuality, sports, charities and a host of other activities.

Great emphasis is placed on the care of students for each other and the importance of older students acting as role models.