House System

The House system is integral to the running of the Academy. Every pupil is a member of a House, and each House has its own unique identity. There is a healthy competition between them as they compete throughout the year to earn achievement points that contribute to the five cups: Attendance, Respect, Determination, Excellence, and Sport. However, the most sought-after prize is the House Cup, awarded to the House that achieves the most achievement points overall. The winners are revealed in our annual House assemblies.

For our students, their House and their tutor group is an important part of their identity. Our Heads of House support their teams of form tutors, as well as leading and managing attendance and behavioral issues in their House. They also contact parents on a regular basis.

Click here for more information about each house.

Tutor Groups

All pupils are in a vertical tutor groups with a form tutor who looks after their welfare. Form tutors see their students every morning and take particular interest in the day-to-day matters that affect their tutees, including checking that their equipment and uniform is correct. They also register their attendance, deliver a programme of tutor activities and listen to any problems they might have. Tutors have immediate access to information about students’ attendance, achievements and any incidents during the day via the school computer system. As such, tutors should be the first point of contact for parents who have concerns about their child.

Click on the links below to see the tutor groups in each house.

Pastoral Care

A school counsellor is available by appointment. Parents should contact their Head of House in the first instance. Students may also be referred for counselling or mentoring by other members of staff. Parents will be contacted and consent will be sought in these cases.

Additional support for the pupils comes from the Special Educational Needs Coordinator as we seek to support those with additional learning needs. Outside agencies are used where necessary to help in specific areas. For further information on additional support, see the SEND information report and SEND section of the website.

Staff contacts

We have three dedicated people to deliver the Pastoral care, alongside the Heads of Houses. Each has a specific role, but they also work as a team to ensure all the needs of our students are met.

Attendance/ Admissions:
Mrs Bignold

Emotional Needs/ Safeguarding:
Mrs Manning

Looked After Children/ Pupil Premium:
Miss Howell

All three are trained in child protection and have vast experience in pastoral care. Their work unpins that of the Head of House, who focus on student progress, student leadership and lead on the culture and ethos of our school.

“Pupils told inspectors that (if) there is sometimes a problem, they know they can speak to an adult about their concerns and they will be followed up promptly. The school’s records support this conclusion”. OFSTED