All pupils are placed in form groups on entry to school and are led by a Form Tutor. The Head of Year is in charge of the form groups in their year. Belonging to a form is an essential part of school life, and normally pupils stay in their form with the same form tutor for the five years they are at school. We name the forms after famous buildings in Manchester.
Our Form Tutors provide excellent pastoral care for pupils in their form, and they are the ‘first port of call’ if a pupil needs help. They aim to build positive, caring and trusting relationships with their form members.
Form groups meet at the start of every day for 20 minutes. The morning register is taken, and pupils follow a weekly Form Time programme which includes:
- Mount Mindset – This will be an activity for every form group to complete on Monday to remind pupils of the habits of a mountain person so that they can fulfil their potential. It provides an opportunity for pupils to start the week with a reminder of key messages which relate back to the DTA way.
- Theme of the Week – At DTA we want pupils to be citizens of the world. Theme of the Week activity provides pupils with a wealth of knowledge on local, national and international events. We want our pupils to have an understanding of the world and develop their appreciation of issues, culture and heritage etc.
- Career Wednesday (On a cycle) – Raising awareness of the various careers that exist in the world, which will provide pupils with an insight to all the different jobs that exist . We want pupils at DTA to learn more about their own talents and abilities . Which will enable you to make informed choices.
- School Assembly – Our assemblies provide an opportunity for our HOY to share key messages to each year group. In addition, our assemblies also means that we can raise awareness of local, national and international events.
- Theme of the Week quiz – This will always link back to what has been covered earlier in the week.
Form time is an opportunity for Form Tutors to set the ‘tone’ for the day, make sure that pupils are in the right frame of mind for work, and ensure that all pupils are well prepared for a successful day of lessons. There are plenty of opportunities where pupils can work together as a form e.g. weekly attendance and ‘Behaviour for Learning’ competitions, assemblies, charity events, sports day, form council, discussions on current affairs