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Pastoral System

House achievement leaders
Worcester = Mr Beaver
York = Mr Gilham
Lincoln = Miss Craven
Chester = Mr Dean

The Home Group

The Academy is organised on a House basis with 12 Home Groups in each of the 4 Houses. Each House has a House Achievement Leader.

  • Houses are named after Anglican Cathedral cities, Chester, Lincoln, Worcester and York.
  • Home Groups are mixed ability and are organised vertically, with a small number of pupils (typically 4 or 5) from Years 7-11 in each Home Group. Average size of Home Group = 21.
  • Tutors normally stay with their group from Year 7 to Year 11, as this provides the continuity they need to support their Home Group and to develop strong relationships.
  • For parents and pupils the first port of call is the Personal Tutor or House Reception Assistant; the House Achievement Leader will support the Personal Tutor as needed.
  • Home Groups meet once a day with the Personal Tutor. Activities include House Assemblies, Thought for the Day, Academic Mentoring, Peer Mentoring, Literacy and Numeracy, and day to day administrative tasks.
  • All pupils are expected to contribute to the smooth running of the Home Group. Everyone has the opportunity to take on a responsibility, such as message monitor, notice board monitor, Charity Leader, Reading Buddy.
  • Key Stage 4 pupils (Years 10 and 11) are expected to take more responsibility for organising activities and working with small groups, perhaps to plan House Worship or Thought for the Day.
  • Year 11 pupils are the Senior Students, with particular responsibility as Year 7 Mentors or ‘Aunties and Uncles’.
  • Post 16 students have their own Sixth Form Tutors, but spend one day with the Home Group as Assistant Tutors, working with individuals or small groups in a variety of support roles.
  • Most Home Groups have a Co-tutor; another adult who works alongside the Personal Tutor.

Each Home Group has their own Home Base for the year, but pupils must be prepared to carry their belongings around with them, as the rooms are not able to be used as storage areas and lockers are not provided due to lack of space.

House Reception

House Reception is where pupils should go with questions or problems at break or lunchtime. House Reception Assistants are Mrs Cook, Mrs Smith and Mrs Hartley. They share responsibility for the four Houses between them, but Mrs Cook will deal with most of the Year 6-7 enquiries, whilst Mrs Hartley will deal with Post 16 enquiries.

Role of the Personal Tutor

The most important role for the Tutor is that of advising, guiding and supporting the pupils in his/her care. Tutors will get to know pupils well and be familiar with any problems or concerns which may affect their progress at the Academy.

Personal Tutors will…

  • Establish and maintain communication with parents
  • Monitor attendance, punctuality and behaviour patterns
  • Discuss academic progress with pupils and help them to set targets for improvement
  • Contact parents to report on progress, including meeting parents at Progress Evening
  • Provide structured opportunities for pupils to take on responsibilities within the Home Group
  • Teach the Tutor programme
  • Lead Worship activities and Thought for the Day
  • Encourage pupils to share information about their extra curricular activities and their interests and achievements at home.
  • Ensure that pupils follow the basic expectations regarding uniform, equipment, personal planners, homework etc.
  • Carry out day to day administrative duties

Pupils’ Personal Planners can be used for regular Home/Academy communication.

If the Personal Tutor has a particular concern about a pupil, they will seek advice and guidance from the House Achievement Leader.

Pupils are expected to bring pens, pencils, eraser and ruler as a basic minimum. Equipment will not be lent out in lessons. Pupils will be provided with a notebook/jotter at the start of the year, but will be expected to replace it once it is full. There is a stationery shop based in the library.


There is a House Assembly every week as well as Home Group Thought for the Day. Pupils are encouraged to participate in the delivery of Worship activities. There are also occasions when pupils participate in Reflection Services called ’Encounter’ with a member of the clergy and there is a variety of Faith groups for pupil participation. When needed, there will be a Year Assembly, in addition to the House Assembly. The National Academy benefits from the active support of the Chaplaincy Team.   Clergy and lay members regularly lead Worship and support faith activities at lunchtime.

Attendance and Punctuality

All teachers have a central role to play in monitoring pupils’ attendance and punctuality, but the Personal Tutor, the House Achievement Leader and the Attendance Officer will have the overview of attendance patterns, using the Academy computer system, which tracks pupils’ attendance lesson by lesson. An electronic register is taken every lesson, including Tutor Time.   Prizes and certificates are awarded for excellent and improved attendance. Where there are concerns, the Personal Tutor will inform the House Achievement Leader. For ongoing concerns, the Academy’s Attendance Officer will be alerted. For more serious attendance issues the Academy Education Welfare Officer will be involved and will contact parents. Parents will be kept informed at every stage so that home and the Academy can work together successfully.

Pupils are strongly encouraged to aim for the Department for Education target of at least 95% attendance. Research shows that good attendance contributes to high achievement. Whilst some absence due to illness is unavoidable, pupils should strive to be at the Academy every day. Parents are asked to avoid routine appointments in learning time, wherever possible. Holidays taken during term time will not be authorised, except in very exceptional circumstances (on application).

Progress and Achievement

There is a Subject AMP (Achieving My Potential) evening for each year where parents have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with subject teachers. Tutors will also be present at these evenings. As well as Subject AMP evenings parents receive 3 AMP reports per year in years 7, 8 & 9 and 5 in years 10-13. These reports show the progress pupils are making towards their targets- each area. One of these AMP reports also contains more detailed feedback from each subject as it doubles as the official school report. If Parents have concerns that arise outside of theses formal contact times then we encourage and welcome them to contact subject teachers or form tutors by email or telephone.