To help our students achieve their potential, the academy places great emphasis on providing a dedicated support system covering pastoral care, assistance for specialist educational needs, and spirituality. We want students to feel safe, secure and supported for the benefit of their learning.
The pastoral system at National is organised into vertical tutor groups, meaning that all students (and staff) are members of one of four houses throughout their time at the Academy. Within these houses are home-groups containing students from all year groups reflecting our commitment to family values and support. Relationships grow within and across the year groups as a result. Older students are encouraged to take on more responsibility and become peer mentors for younger students.
The academy is organised on a house basis with twelve home-groups in each of the four houses (Worcester, York, Lincoln and Chester). Each house has a House Achievement Leader.
Home Groups meet once a day with their personal tutor. Activities include house assemblies, thought for the day, academic mentoring, peer mentoring, literacy and numeracy together with day-to-day administrative tasks. All students contribute to the smooth running of the home-group and all individuals have the opportunity to take on a responsibility to assist their personal development. This includes roles such as message monitor, notice board monitor, charity leader or reading buddy.