Our academy community is a happy and welcoming one. Students thrive in a supportive and safe environment in which everyone has respect for one another. We maintain a high standard of discipline so that the classroom focus remains on high-quality teaching and learning.
We make every effort to ensure our Year 7 students feel comfortable and supported from their very first day. To give students a better idea of what to expect when they join the academy, we hold Year 5 Fun Days, Year 6 Taster Days and Year 7 Induction Days.
Building effective relationships is key; our “Schools within Schools” system ensures every student is known and valued for what they can achieve. Our three Schools are named after famous authors who lived in Sussex – H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling. Each School has its own Pastoral Team headed up by members of the Leadership Team and two non-teaching Pastoral Managers.
Schools are made up of Mentor Groups which contain approximately 20 students from Years 7 to 11. The Schools are organised vertically with three or four students from each year group. The aim of our School system is to provide a safe environment where Mentors can really get to know their students and older students can support, sponsor and “buddy” younger ones.