Our Community and Pastoral Care
Our Community and Pastoral Care
We, at Rye, centre everything we do on the dignity of each individual. This is demonstrated in our community focus, which is an integral part of Sixth Form life. Sixth Form pupils will both benefit from the dedicated community in which they thrive and are part of every day, and provide a key element of it through their day to day interactions. Our strong sense of community is one which allows students to be able to be themselves, grow as individuals and have a strong support network of students and staff around them whilst continuously striving for their best.
In Sixth Form, all pupils will have a tutor who will look out for all academic and pastoral needs, as well as auxiliary tutors and the Head of Sixth Form, who is based in the Sixth Form Centre. Half termly target and appraisal meetings will be supplemented with regular smaller sessions with tutors. In 2020, Rye has launched a #BeWellDoWell campaign, which all school pupils will benefit from and highlights the strong focus we, as a school, put on our students mental health and well being alongside their academic success. A happy, positive student is one who will achieve to their full potential.
As senior pupils in the school, all Rye Sixth Formers play a part in helping the younger year groups. Prefects will be given basic Safeguarding training and full support from the Head of Sixth Form, to enable them to feel confident in working with younger pupils. This is part of the larger Prefect programme, which is focused on supporting those whose role is to support others.
Sixth Formers at Rye also take on roles as mentors the younger pupils, as the House Mentor system operates with oversight from House Captains in the Sixth Form, and from a dedicated member of the Prefect Team. These opportunities to meet with younger pupils in the Sixth Form dining room provide more chances to ensure that everybody is cared for and part of the community. As part of their volunteering programme, Sixth Formers will work in the Prep School with younger pupils, or in the Senior Library as part of the Librarian’s Team.
Rye is focused on supporting not just the school community, but the wider society in Oxford and beyond. The Sixth Form charity group RSA (Rye Serving Always) works throughout the year to give to local organisations such as The Porch, though foodbanks and donations; and works with local care homes to give packages to those who are not often visited. Tireless fundraising for this is led by a dedicated team organised by the Lay Chaplain. There are also four House Charities Day’s each year, led by the Sixth Form House Captain. Each of these raises hundreds of pounds for charities chosen by the pupils.
The Sixth Form also helps to organise key events in the community throughout the year, including the Annual Carol Service at the local Church, St Antony of Padua, which sees the whole school reading and singing within the heart of our local area. The Christmas bazaar and St Antony’s Day celebrations also involve Sixth Formers in a variety of ways.
We work throughout the year in Sixth Form at Rye to ensure that we care for our own school community, and to give everybody the environment they need to flourish. We are also part of the wider community in Headington and Oxford, and we work hard to make sure that these links are maintained and grown. Rye Sixth Formers take the lead in bringing the school to those around us.
Sixth Form Open Evening
We warmly welcome you to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 30 September 6-7.30pm.
Your chance to come and experience all our Sixth Form at Rye has to offer, meet the staff and students and experience our facilities.
We look forward to welcoming you.