On arrival to Redstone, each class is assigned a tutor. The tutor’s principal official function is to assist the academy in monitoring academic performance. In practice, they are perhaps better seen as another adult figure to whom pupils can relate at a more personal level than is possible in large school classes.
Tutors also foster their pupils’ personal, cultural and social development. Pupils come to their tutor in small groups once a week for a tutorial in which they follow a programme of study skills (designed to inculcate effective and increasingly independent working habits), Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE — designed to raise a boy’s awareness of moral, social, and health issues), and topics are chosen by the tutor.
Tutorial outings help to cement the bonds between the pupils and their tutor and provide for culturally and socially diverse experience.