Beyond the classroom
You will have a personal tutor who will be your first point of contact for help, advice and information. They will provide you with a tutorial programme which includes study skills, career planning and personal development. Your tutor and head of year will help you to plan your learning and set your targets, give you feedback and identify successes and areas for development. There will be regular contact with home, including a parents’ evening.
If you need support we have a range of specialist staff. You could work with our gifted and talented achievement mentor or our unique mentor for students with English as an additional language. We also have a dyslexia specialist and offer a wide range of study support options for students who want to push themselves further.
Library and Sixth Form Study Rooms
Your will be encouraged to use the excellent Library facilities which, in addition to the internet, have the latest books, magazines and newspapers. There is also a sixth form section for careers and higher education. In addition to this we have two sixth form study rooms with computers.
Sixth form students have a dedicated common room with a pool table and a table tennis table, table football and a TV/DVD/Games Console.
As a school with outstanding sports facilities and links with professional sports clubs we offer a variety of activities including football, climbing, basketball, table tennis, trampolining and badminton. Trips are a valuable part of your learning programme. Some are specific to the courses you are studying whilst others are recreational or part of the leadership and team-building programme. Past visits have included WWI battlefields in Belgium, Auschwitz in Poland, weekend trips to Outward Bound Centres in Wales and the Lake District.
Individual subject teachers will provide specific induction in preparation for their course and a Study Support programme will be delivered by your Tutor on learning styles, skills and careers guidance.
There are no fees for the courses you wish to study if you are aged 16-19 and bursaries are available to students under certain circumstances.
The Academy strives to ensure that all individuals are equally valued and everyone treats each other with respect. We have an equality of opportunity policy,