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 28 students . From September 2017 mentor groups will be organised horizontally (where students are the same age) in order to provide a mentor time programme that can support the particular needs of year groups around progress, resilience and wellbeing. The aim of our School system is to provide a safe environment where Mentors can really get to know their students. Mentor time in Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) has a real focus on literacy and learning to learn skills. In Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) the focus is on Careers and the skills required for success in GCSE. Across all years there is a programme around academic resilience and students’ wellbeing. Our young people face increased pressures both in and out of school and the mentor programme is designed to support them with this. Within this programme we retain some “Vertical” mentoring with older students supporting younger ones. The introduction of the the Kingston cup in 2016 in wich the various schools compete across a wide range of academic and extra curricular activites throughout the year ensures that all student efforts and endeavours are recognised and provides for some healthy competition and collaboration across the year groups in each school.