To help our students achieve their potential, the academy places great emphasis on providing a dedicated support system covering pastoral care and assistance for specialist educational needs. We want students to feel safe, secure and supported for the benefit of their learning.
Younger students are supported by their older peers, who provide advice and guidance on academy matters using their National experience to help, especially with transition into year 7.
The academy is organised on a house basis with twelve home-groups in each of the four houses; Chester, Lincoln, York and Worcester. Each house has a designated Head of House. The pastoral system at National is organised into vertical tutor groups, meaning that all students (and staff) are members of one of the 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. As a result, relationships grow within and across the year groups. Older students are encouraged to take on more responsibility and become peer mentors for younger students.
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 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.