We understand that every pupil is different. They learn in different ways and have different interests and areas of strength. Individual pupils also have different needs at different times. Our pastoral care strategy is geared towards helping each pupil discover where their particular talents lie and offering tailored support when they need it.
We have a highly personalised approach to meeting the academic, physical and emotional needs of every pupil. We use information and data from primary schools, our own assessments, national tests and from our meetings with pupils and their parents to make sure we know our pupils well and understand their individual needs.
A combination of outstanding learning and teaching, wide-ranging enrichment activities, regular opportunities for emotional and character development and an extensive programme of challenge and support enables us to maximise every pupil’s chance of success.
Student Progress Teams
Student Progress Teams are responsible for ensuring the welfare of pupils. They work closely with parents and guardians to make sure a support structure is in place for every pupil.
Each Student Progress Team is made up of a Student Progress Leader and Learning Mentor for each year group, and Team Tutors for each form group.
Student Progress Leaders (SPL) oversee the educational and academic progress of each and every pupil in their designated year group by using a variety of tracking, target setting and monitoring tools. SPLs hold meetings once a week which have a dual focus of reflection on a relevant topic or event, and also celebrating pupils’ achievements. Student Progress Leaders are the first point of contact between home and the academy. They will make sure parents are regularly updated on any issues that are preventing their child from learning. They take particular care during the transition from primary to secondary school.
Every pupil is assigned to a form group led by a Team Tutor. Team Tutors meet with their forms for thirty minutes each day. Each Team Tutor looks after the pastoral welfare and attendance of the pupils in their form and holds a regular assertive mentoring meeting with every pupil to discuss their academic progress and set targets to improve achievement.
Every pupil also benefits from access to a Learning Mentor (LM) who ensures all pupils in their designated year group are focused on achieving to the best of their capabilities, whilst working to remove any barriers to learning that pupils may be experiencing.
Between them, Student Progress Teams see every pupil in a 1:1 meeting at least once a term, allowing them to identify and deal with any issues at the earliest possible stage.