Pastoral Care & Student Welfare

Please note that for 2021-22 and during the COVID-19 pandemic students are placed in year-based tutor groups to reduce the risk of transmission between year groups. They are still allocated a college and the college leader retains an overview of the pastoral care of students within each college.

Your child will join a college upon entering the Academy and will remain within that college throughout their Academy career. All aspects of support for academic progress and pastoral care will take place within the college.

The college your child is allocated will not imply that he/she has a particular aptitude or interest as all students have access to the same curriculum provision, choices and facilities irrespective of the college they join. Tutor groups are of mixed ages, with 3-4 students from Years 9-11 allocated to each. This `family grouping’ will provide your child with the opportunity to learn about leadership, responsibility and to take an active role in supporting and encouraging other students. It will also provide your child with a much broader knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Academy life.

Tutor groups have approximately 20 students, allowing each tutor to really get to know their tutees. The tutor acts as champion and mentor, offering encouragement and support. This promotes students’ confidence and helps forge a well-rounded and successful individual. We welcome close parental involvement and participation; and consider the on-going dialogue between a tutor, pupil and parents of great importance.

There are three colleges and each college is led by a College Leader. The colleges are Orion; Vela; Pictor.

Student Services

Student services provide a full range of administrative support to colleges and curriculum areas as well as a point of contact for parents and students.

College Leaders along with our SEND team review the progress of students who are identified as requiring additional support to progress their learning. Their role is to offer support and guidance to staff, students and families regarding various issues affecting a student’s progress. We also have an Educational Psychologist who supports staff by providing advice in educational assessment and management of students, which may include diagnostic testing.

Students requiring additional emotional support have a “emotional available adult” in school allocated to them. Here they can meet with their EAA to discuss any worries or concerns they may have.

We are also a ‘Thrive’ school and offer additional Thrive sessions with fully qualified staff. The Thrive approach is a dynamic and developmental and trauma/sensitive way of meeting the emotional and social needs of children.

We work with a range of external agencies including counsellors, mental health nurses and mentoring which is offered via Mentorlink.