Student Support

Student Support

The House system

Our house system is designed to promote our Academy’s values, and instil our ethos into everything that we do, including developing a sense of House identity.

The Houses

We asked our students what they thought we should call our houses and they came up with the mythical creatures theme.

  • Griffins – Noble, fearsome and protective
  • Phoenix – Energetic, adventurous and clever
  • Titans – Strong, powerful and knowledgeable

House Assembly

At the end of the academic year, in the final all-school assembly of the year, the House Cup is awarded to the House with the most points. Trophies are also awarded to three individual students who have achieved the most points in Enjoy, Respect and Achieve.

“Go out there and achieve as many house points as possible. Enjoy your learning, respect yourselves and each other, and achieve greatness! Good luck everyone!!” Mr Taylor, achievement coordinator

Progress Lead

Our Academy progress leaders work together with form tutors to support our young people across all year groups.  They are:

Year 7 progress leader – Mrs M Turnbull –

Year 8 progress leader – Mr T Farrow –

Year 9 progress leader – Miss A Kent –

Year 10 progress leader – Mrs M Hollins –

Year 11 progress leader – Dr T Coleman –



Counselling is an opportunity to talk to someone in private who is independent. It’s a chance to talk about things that might be bothering you; to express yourself in a non-judgemental, confidential space. Safeguarding rules still apply, and will be explained to you when you access this service.

Counselling can help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Making difficult decisions
  • Understanding and exploring thoughts and feelings

You will be offered a first appointment to help decide if counselling feels right for you. If you decide to go ahead, you will be offered a counselling slot /appointment time which will be at the same time each week unless we need to change the times due to lessons being missed. If this is the case the counsellor will work out a different slot. A counselling session usually lasts about 50 minutes, so you should only miss one lesson per week.


Our advice workers are not here to judge you or tell you what to do. We’re here to talk you through what’s on your mind, your options and legal rights so that you can make your own decisions based on full and accurate information. Our advisors are trained to give advice and support on things like:

  • Worries about home or school
  • Plans for your future; help with CVs, employment, or next steps in education
  • Positive activities, see our list of free clubs below
  • Relationships
  • Sexual health and contraception
  • Sexuality
  • Money and housing advice for you (and your family if appropriate)
  • Any other worry or concern you might have. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll know an organization that does