Vertical tutoring

All students in the academy are part of a vertical tutoring group, commonly referred to as ‘VT groups’. Each VT group is made up of a mix of students from Year 7 to Year 11. Students usually stay in the same group throughout their time at the academy. VT time is held for 20 minutes each day and this enables the students to build positive relationships with both their tutors and students from across the year groups. Each day VT time provides the opportunity for students to reflect on the academy’s core values of Empathy, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. This is done in a variety of ways – through collective worship, year group and college assemblies or through our ‘VT focus weeks’ which include activities and discussions on topics such as healthy eating, literacy, bullying and environmental issues. The time spent each day in their VT group plays a central part in the lives of our students. It develops the students’ emotional and social wellbeing and ensures they receive the pastoral support needed to succeed at the academy.

Contacting Vertical Tutors

Parents/carers have the opportunity to meet tutors at Parental Consultation Evenings to discuss progress and behaviour within the academy and explore where extra support may be needed. We will update you regularly with information on dates for Parental Consultation Evenings and how you can book an appointment. You can also contact your child’s tutor using the academy’s main telephone number 01422 831011.

House system

At the heart of our pastoral system are our Houses and Vertical Tutoring groups. Each group has five students from each year group from Years 7 to 11, giving valuable leadership opportunities to older students who support younger ones. Each group meets for twenty minutes each day, and participates in various activities such as competitions, assemblies and homework. A core part of VT time is working to support one another, and recording successes. Students receive Achievement Points when they meet and exceed expectations, and a Behaviour Point is used to record when a student does not meet expectations. Behaviour Points affect a student’s ability to participate in Rewards Weeks. Points are recorded in planners during VT time, along with attendance. All students are expected to strive for 100% attendance, and maintain a minimum of 96%. Support is given to students to help them stay on track, and develop new and more challenging targets when they meet an existing one! Please contact us if you would like to speak to a House Manager.