Caring for Students

We have a lively and enjoyable induction programme to ensure successful transition between primary and secondary school.  This introduces the academy to prospective students and parents, explains its ethos and allows individuals to raise questions and concerns they may have.

The Academy is divided into five year groups, each of about 130 students, in five tutor groups. Each student has a tutor whose role is to monitor that young person’s academic and personal development. A Personal Development Programme  ensures that  students progress and develop skills and confidence to supplement the academic curriculum.

Year groups 7,8 & 9 are supported by Mr Willson Associate Principal of the lower Academy. Year groups 10 and 11 are supported by Mrs King, Associate Principal to the upper Academy.  There is access to a range of external agencies to support individual students and their families where this is appropriate.. The Academy opened its own Health Centre in 2010, working with local GPs, the Youth Service and Connexions to provide easier access to medical and well-being services. 

Ansford operates a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which incorporates the key measures the school has in place.

Our Student Support Team

 Ben Willson  Assistant Principal - Inclusion & Achievement
 Craig Owen  Head of Transition & Y7 Senior Tutor
 Mel Whittaker-Young  Head of Lower School
 Carlie Harrison  Head of Upper School
 Robin Grimes  SENCO
 Jane Rossiter  SEN Support
 Jane Mallord  Y10 &Y11 Senior Tutor


We aim to keep class sizes at 25 with none above 30.

For academic purposes there are eight faculties each area led by a Subject Improvement Leader: -

English - Sarah Dukes

Mathematics - Shane Roberts

Science & DT - Sam Wignell

Humanities - James Thompson

Modern Foreign Languages - Claire Kenchington

Creative Arts - Kerri Marshfield

Physical Education - Thomas Cue

Special Educational Needs - Robin Grimes

Updated Sep 2016