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School Organisation

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Hugh Christie School is part of the Tonbridge Federation; this consists of two schools (Hugh Christie and Long Mead Community Primary School) with a single Governing Body and a Headteacher in each school.

The school is organised into Year Groups, Houses and Subject Departments. Typically a year group is 165 pupils.


Year groups oversee the pastoral care and guidance of students. Each has a group of Advisors, a Head of Year and Deputy Principal oversight  (depending on the year group). Students stay with the same Head of Year and Advisor (where possible) throughout their time at Hugh Christie.


Students are also placed in one of three Houses for community, competition and charity activities.  


In Year 7 and 8, students follow a curriculum called REAL where they spend at least 10% of their time (depending on their ability) with one teacher. This is to aid transition and enables the students to get to know one adult really well. They study six National Curriculum subject areas within the REAL curriculum. REAL stands for Relevant Engaging Active Learning.


At the start of Year 9, students join the Upper School and begin the transition to studying their GCSE courses.


Sixth Form is for students in Years 12 and 13. Sixth Form students are mentored in Advisory groups and supported by a key member of staff.

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