Key Stage 3 and 4 are organised into 4 houses, each with its own Head of House. Within each year, a team of tutors has a responsibility for a group of students. A tutor group comprises of an average of 30 students.
The student's tutor is the key adult in a student's school life. Wherever possible the tutor remains with their group for the extent of the student's first 5 years at Downend School. The tutor meets their students everyday and is responsible for registering and monitoring attendance and delivering a programme of personal and social education.
The tutor is the first point of contact within the school for most issues. The tutors develop quickly an in-depth understanding of the students in their care.