Caring for Students

We have a lively and enjoyable induction programme to ensure a 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, mostly 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. In most cases the tutor acts as an Academic coach and meets with students to support with their goals.

All years are supported by both Mrs King, Assistant Principal for Inclusion & Vulnerable Students and Mr Roberts, Assistant Principal for Behaviour & Attendance. There is access to a range of external agencies to support individual students and their families where this is appropriate. The Academy has its own school nurse who offers support one lunchtime per week.

Ansford operates a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which incorporates the key measures the school has in place. Mrs King is the Designated Safeguarding Lead whilst Mr Roberts is the deputy DSL.

Our Student Support Team

 Eleanor King  Assistant Principal - Inclusion & Vulnerable Students - DSL
 Shane Roberts  Assistant Principal - Behaviour & Attendance - DDSL
 Maz Turner  Head of Transition & Y7 - PE Teacher
 Shane Roberts  Head of Year 8 - Assistant Principal - Behaviour & Attendance - DDSL
 Natasha Blackmore  Head of Year 9 - Resistant Materials Teacher
 Tom Cue  Head of Year 10 - Head of PE
 Jane Mallord  Head of Year 11 - English Teacher
 Robin Grimes  SENCO
 Jane Rossiter  SEN Support
 Cassie Reynolds  PFSA & TAS
 Jackie Woodman  Counsellor
 Careers  Wendy Watson


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

English - Rob Osborne (Associate Assistant Principal)

Mathematics - Michelle Harris (Associate Assistant Principal)

Science & DT - Sam Wignell (Associate Assistant Principal)

Humanities - Clare Kenchington (Associate Assistant Principal)

Modern Foreign Languages - Claire Kenchington

Creative Arts - Kerri Marshfield

Physical Education - Thomas Cue

Special Educational Needs - Robin Grimes

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