The South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form


Pastoral care:

Our aim is for every student to achieve or surpass their academic and social potential and to embody the academy’s core values; Be Kind, Work Hard, Aspire. To enable this, the academy is dedicated to providing a safe, caring and disciplined environment for every student in which to learn. The task of Pastoral staff is to make this the core of their work with students. Pastoral staff at all levels in the academy focus on embedding positive attitudes towards learning for all students and the removal of any social, emotional or behaviour barrier to this. 

Pastoral care is central to our student’s development. We believe that providing a framework of care and support will assist them in their academic and social development throughout their school life.

Overall responsibility for pastoral care lies with Mrs Brooks (Deputy Head Teacher) assisted by a highly experienced team. Their roles and responsibilities are as follows:

Pastoral Lead - Mr Askham

Leadership of the KS3 and KS4 Heads of Year, their tutors and cohort of students, to provide an environment where all students achieve their full academic and social potential.

Key Stage 5 Performance Leader - Mrs Capewell

Leadership of the KS5 Heads of Year, tutors and cohort of students, to provide an environment where all students achieve their full academic and social potential.

Behaviour for Learning Lead - Mrs Dawson

Mrs Dawson works with students, parents/carers and staff to devise and implement specialised intervention for identified students where there are concerns.

Equality and Diversity Lead – Miss Drewett

Miss Drewett has a whole school role to promote an inclusive environment at The South Wolds Academy that meets the needs of all students. She is responsible for working with students, parents/carers and staff regarding mental health, anti -bullying, equality, diversity and the safe use of social media.

Heads of Year (Year 7 - 13)

Each Head of Year oversees all aspects of the students’ school experience to ensure it is positive and harmonious. They are responsible for tracking the attitudes to learning of all students and will work closely with tutors and the Pastoral Lead to ensure support is available where it is needed. We have static Heads of Year 7 and Year 8 who are experienced in liaising with a wide range of feeder schools. This system ensures that students transition quickly into their new surroundings and adapt to the demands made upon them in their secondary school studies. After Year 8, students move to a new Head of Year who remains with the group for Year 9 through to Year 11.

In the Sixth Form students are allocated a new Head of Year for the entirety of their post 16 experience.

Form Tutor (Year 7 – 13)

The tutor has a pivotal role to play and will act as the first point of contact between school and home. Due to their daily contact with students, tutors build meaningful relationships with the students in their group. Where concerns of a social or academic nature arise, tutors will initiate contact with parents/carers to resolve issues, normally via email, letter or phone call. Tutors will be aware of the attitudes towards learning and academic targets of students within their group. Where there are concerns, in the first instance, tutors will work with home to resolve any barrier to success. Students will be expected to arrive in school on time, ready to learn and in full uniform. Tutors provide support, advice and guidance to students and will also refer concerns to Heads of Year.