Care of our students is a priority at MGGS. We know that students must be happy and feel supported if they are going to achieve well.
Our transition process from primary school to MGGS is well established, making sure that students feel part of our school community straight away. In terms 5 and 6 of the academic year, senior staff visit all prospective students in their primary schools to talk to them and to their staff to discuss any questions or concerns they may have. On the Year 7 Welcome Day in July, all girls spend a day in school to meet their new form, teachers and to experience a day at MGGS. We have a Welcome Evening in late September in term 1 to enable students to introduce their parents to their form tutor and to ensure that they are settling well.
Our pastoral care system provides continuous support, advice and guidance for all students throughout their time at MGGS, as well as monitoring their academic progress and personal development. Form tutors are the key source of support for students from Year 7 upwards. Heads of Study work closely with students and form tutors. There is support from full-time learning mentors who are available to support students and speak to parents and carers during the school day. In addition, we have a school personal support adviser, a school counsellor and a school nurse where this is needed. We also have a very successful peer mentoring system where older students are trained to support younger students.
In the Sixth Form, transition from Year 11 is managed through our Induction Day in July, when students are able to experience life in Year 12 and begin their subject studies, and through a comprehensive induction programme at the start of term 1. Parents attend a Welcome evening in the first week of term 1 where they are given information, advice and guidance on how best to support their children in the Sixth Form, and on what the school does to help students develop their academic potential and personal skills. The Sixth Form management team operates an “open door” policy which allows students continuous access to support, both academic and pastoral, from the Director and Assistant Directors of Sixth Form and from the KS5 Learning Mentor. Tutors play a vital role too, in ensuring that students are happy and successful in their studies.