Students are placed into one of our five Houses: Challenger, Discovery, Enterprise, Pioneer and Voyager. Where younger students are joining older siblings they will be placed in the same House. The Houses are divided into 6 vertical tutor groups, each containing students from year 7 to year 10. Year 11 students are placed in subject tutors (English, Maths and Science). Here, students will do additional study for English, Maths, Science and other subjects, to boost their KS4 courses in order to effectively prepare them for exams. Students also receive additional careers advice and support to complete college applications.
New Year 7 students, or those joining the Academy at other times will be assigned a student buddy to help them find their way round and make new friends. Year 7 have exclusive use to a Social Area and outside area at break and lunch.
Each group has a Form Tutor who is responsible for monitoring the academic development, attendance, behaviour and welfare of each child. It is with the Form Tutor that parents/carers should make initial contact concerning day to day issues. Any worries of a more serious nature should be drawn to the attention of the Head of House, or the Vice Assistant Principal with responsibility for Student Support.
In addition, House Teams can be contacted via the text only service and house e-mail system.