Life in the Senior School
The pupils of Eltham College are supported at all times in their daily school life.

The Senior School is divided into three sections:

  • The Lower School (Years 7 and 8)

  • Middle School (Years 9, 10 and 11)

  • Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)

Lower School (Years 7 and 8)

Boys entering Eltham College Senior School in Year 7 will be placed in a form group of between 20 and 24 students and assigned a Form Tutor. This Form Tutor will be the primary point of contact as we work with parents to ensure that all boys settle in well and are happy, as well as successful. The same Form Tutors continue with their form throughout both Lower School years; the Head of Lower School will be responsible for both year groups. Not only does this provide greater continuity of support, but they will also be responsible for the holistic care and progression of the boys, looking after their pastoral and academic needs.

Middle School (Year 9 to Year 11)

As with the Lower School, one Form Tutor will support the students throughout their time in Years 9, 10 and 11, enabling them to get to know each boy’s individual strengths and needs and to work closely with parents. Form Tutors are given time to meet boys on an individual basis to talk about progress in all aspects of school life which enables us to give them better holistic support as we prepare them for the crucial GCSE years. The Head of Middle School will be supported by two Deputy Heads of Middle School who will work together as a team to ensure that all students are given continual holistic support.

Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)

Sixth Form tutor groups are comprised of both Upper and Lower Sixth students. Both Year Groups have their own Head of Year who follow them through their time in the Sixth Form and are supported by the Senior Tutor who also focuses on the welfare of the girls.

Structure

The Section Heads all work with the Deputy Head who is responsible to the Headmaster for all sections of the school. This team of teachers is responsible for the pastoral and academic well-being of their pupils and strives to ensure that close links are fostered between parents and the school. The way in which we structure the Senior School encourages a strong sense of identity within each form.

It is not just the teachers, chaplains, counsellor and nurses who are involved in pastoral care. We also provide a wide range of opportunities for our own pupils to take on roles of responsibility and to support one another.

A well-established House system runs in parallel to the form system. This allows for great inter-house camaraderie as pupils take part in a myriad of regular and varied inter-house competitions ranging from: rugby, singing, drama, debating, and swimming; through to chess, photography and even an annual tug of war. This House system adds a further valuable layer of pastoral care for our pupils.

Student Leadership

Pupils are encouraged to take an active interest in reviewing and improving their experiences at Eltham College. Instead of a School Council, the Student Leadership Committees (SLCs) aim to:

  • empower students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals, which contribute to whole school improvement.

  • provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching and well-being for both students and staff at Eltham College.

  • prepare students for Higher Education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education.

There are five SLCs which lead development in the following areas:

  • Teaching and Learning

  • Catering

  • Facilities

  • Co-curricular

  • Well-being

Each committee is overseen by a Senior Prefect and is made of up of representatives from all year groups. The committees meet fortnightly and feedback to an Executive Committee, comprising Senior Prefects and Heads of School, once every half term. Pupils on the SLCs work on practical and achievable projects relating to their area of development within the school and each sub-committee is linked to a member of staff who offers advice and guidance. When the Executive Committee meets, the meeting is chaired by the Head Prefects and is used as a forum to feed back the progress of the sub-committees as well as to discuss further actions that need to be taken.