The Pastoral System

Our pastoral system uses the traditional horizontal system where students are placed in tutor groups with students from the same year group. The size of the cohort will determine how many tutor groups there are in each year group.

The system allows students to benefit from sharing experiences with children of their own age with age specific tutor time. Students will have a tutor who will move through the years with their tutor group, watching them grow and progress together. Strong relationships can be formed between students, parents/carers and tutors.

Tutors take pride in their role and strive for the highest possible standards with their tutor group. They will support students in ensuring that they are familiar with school rules and responsibilities.

Each year group is cared for by a Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year who support the tutor teams and ensure consistency, whilst having an overview of all aspects of pastoral care across the year group.

Students will also be assigned to a House; Ireland, Priestley, Tyldesley or Warburton. There is a strong House identity in the school and students will have the opportunity to represent their House during key events and competitions during the year.

There are a number of other members of staff who will support the pastoral team. These include the Attendance Officer, Safeguarding Officer, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Worker and Lead Support and Therapeutic Manager.


Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. Bullying can take many forms:

  • Physical – e.g. assaulting a person or property
  • Verbal – e.g. name-calling or teasing
  • Indirect – e.g. damaging the reputation of the character of the victim or socially excluding them from games or conversation
  • Cyber-bullying – e.g. using technology, particularly mobile phones and the internet, deliberately to upset someone else
  • Social media or gaming – this could include videos, images or various communication streams
  • Disability related – name calling, using gestures, tormenting, threatening, because of, or focusing on, the issue of disability or special need.

We will not tolerate bullying of any kind and will aim to deal with it quickly and effectively if it occurs. Our school strives to create an environment where children feel safe and supported.

The school aims to:

  • Reduce and prevent bullying behaviour in school.
  • Deal effectively with incidents of bullying.
  • Support victims of bullying and educate the perpetrator.
  • Ensure proportionate sanctions and support is in place for bullies.
  • Promote tolerance and fairness.
  • Ensure all students are safe in school.

Students can report any bullying incidents to any member of staff.

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School recognises that serious bullying can also occur as a one off incident as well as repeated over time. Bullying incidents are sometimes complex issues which require full investigation of root causes in each instance.


We are not able to provide students with pain relief (paracetamol, ibuprofen, antihistamines etc). Any regular medications may be passed to key members of staff who will support your child; they must be in the original packaging with your child’s name on.

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