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 that contain approximately 28 students. Our mentor groups are organised horizontally 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 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, in conjunction with our PSHE curriculum, 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 Kingston cup in 2016, in which the various schools compete across a wide range of academic and extra-curricular activities throughout the year, ensures that all student efforts and endeavours are recognised, providing healthy competition and collaboration for all.
Teaching and learning at the academy are outstanding. Besides external measures, including Ofsted, outcomes for students in all key stages are consistently above benchmarks. Shoreham Academy is a strategic partner in the United Learning Teaching School Alliance with responsibility for training new teachers. Best practice is developed and shared within and beyond the academy, with students benefitting from an innovative and effective daily diet of lessons.