Behaviour of pupils at the Academy is exemplary, this can be evidenced by:
The behaviour around the Academy is outstanding and the number of incidents of disruption of lessons is minimal as a result of the degree of personalisation available within the curriculum, as well as the one to one support available within the Skills for Life and Excellence Centre.
A zero tolerance approach to bullying, racism and disruptive behaviour have continued to ensure the Academy fixed term and permanent exclusions remain at zero. The Academy continues to adapt our response to challenging pupils, through the development of an off-site learning centre.
As a result of the Academy’s aspiration to continually drive up standards of behaviour, the Academy have non-teaching Pastoral Leaders team, who can respond to classroom issues on a real time basis and support behaviour for learning strategies, throughout their daily learning walks.
Positive achievements in lessons, as evidenced by good / bad comments in pupil planners, has increased over recent years, as the pastoral team continue to develop the use of the certificated rewards system, which encourages pupils to achieve even higher levels of attainment, through peer recognition. This has been further developed by the inception of ‘student of the week’ award in Years 7-11.
The Academy’s Skills for Life Centre enhances students’ behaviour by providing support for those students with unique needs. By providing individualised learning plans as well as remedial work around behavioural issues, it provides an alternative to student exclusions and has enabled these students to achieve examination qualifications they would not otherwise achieve.
To further streamline the pastoral monitoring system, an electronic system of sharing the incidents of good and bad comments is in use. This has enhanced the speed with which students can be offered support to stay on track and continue to meet their potential.
The introduction of an SSI register for all year groups. This is maintained by the Pastoral Leaders and allows quick identification of issues and agencies involved with specific students.
We believe that pupils’ attendance at the Academy is excellent; this is supported by the following evidence;
Attendance rates for the Academy, at 95% (2010/11), are significantly higher than the national average, as a consequence of the meeting structures between SLT, Pastoral Leaders and the Attendance Improvement Officer.
Attendance cases needing AIO involvement are minimised as early intervention is initiated through instigation of a Pastoral Support Programme, parenting contracts and School Attendance Panels (SAPs).
The Academy has a full time Attendance Officer to monitor the attendance of all students in Years 7 – 11. This has supported and enhanced the work carried out by Pastoral Leaders and minimised the need for PA cases to develop.
An Attendance Improvement Officer has been appointed to work within the SPT schools. This will allow for early intervention in cases of persistent absence, as well as provide the requisite support for those students and parents in need of it. Once needs have been identified, the family support worker can put in place the necessary strategies for improvement to take place.
We believe that students at the Academy feel safe and are able to seek support and advice and this is evidenced by;
The Academy operates an anonymous ‘Worry Box’ where students can raise issues of concern. In support of this initiative the Academy has developed a peer support system of sixth form students and Key Stage 4 students attached to each form group. In addition to this, the students can access the peer supporters via a ‘drop in’ arrangement offered at first break each day. The training of peer mentors is carried out by NSPCC accredited staff.
The role of full time first aider on the site has been developed and that of ‘student support’. Students continue to attend with first aid and medical problems as well as being another port of call where concerns can be raised.
During specific lessons e.g. Technology, Science, PE, ICT, PSHE and Vocational courses students are required to assess and manage the risks of the tasks they are undertaking to ensure their safety.
The Academy has also set up an online confidential ‘report bullying’ and request for peer support system available to all students via the learning platform.
There is a programme of outside speakers for assemblies in key areas such as Fire Safety, Road Safety, Drugs Awareness and Railway Safety, which is targeted in response to issues identified within the local community. In addition a designated police officer has been assigned to work within the SPT to offer additional support to staff, students and parents where appropriate.
In response to concerns raised by parents around educational visits, a full review of procedures and policy was initiated by SLT and Governors, which results in modification of the transport arrangements for non-curriculum trips.
The Academy now has 11 designated Child Protection officers including two members of SLT. All staff have undertaken Child Protection training and attend a refresher course every three years. Other colleagues will attend appropriate courses during the academic year to further enhance provision. Further developments in support of this provision will involve pastoral staff attending CAF training, so that cases may be initiated through the Academy where appropriate.
At break times and lunch times students are given access to leisure areas, appropriate classrooms, external areas and dining hall with supervision by teams of teaching and support staff resulting in a very secure environment. Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students remain on site at break times and lunchtimes.
Students considered at risk from inappropriate internet and mobile phone use receive support and advice from the Academy and our Police Liaison Officer. ICT and PSHE deliver cyber bullying and internet safety lessons and ICT computers have mouse mats with appropriate safety advice.
Parental awareness of importance of attendance has been targeted by including a copy of each student’s attendance certificate with their student review, along with an attendance newsletter produced by the Academy.
Members of the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team are organised on a rota basis to ‘meet and greet’ students at key entrances to the campus, notably at the bus bay where students alight buses. A similar procedure operates at the end of the Academy day.
In addition, middle managers (subject leaders/TLR post-holders) are deployed, on a rota basis, at key times (lesson changeovers) and areas of the campus to ensure appropriate behaviour especially in congested areas.
Academy staff are similarly deployed during break times as paid supervisors to ensure high standards of behaviour and the safety of students.
The Extended Services Team for the local Cluster of schools is based in the Academy. The team includes Family Support Workers, Youth Support Worker, counselling and volunteers who accept referrals from professionals in the area including pastoral leaders, police and social services. They work with students and their families with a focus on improving behaviour, attendance and attainment; reducing the numbers of students at risk of becoming looked-after; and reducing the number of NEETs in the area.