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 Mr Roberts, Assistant Principal for Inclusion and Achievement. 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

 Shane Roberts  Assistant Principal - Inclusion & Achievement - DDSL
 Maz Turner  Head of Transition & Y7
 Natasha Blackmore  Head of Year 8 - Resistant Materials Teacher
 Tom Cue  Head of Year 9 - Head of PE
 Jane Mallord  Head of Year 10 - English Teacher
 Jules Richards  Head of Year 11 - Science Teacher
 Robin Grimes  SENCO
 Jane Rossiter  SEN Support


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

English - Rob Osborne (Assistant Associate Principal)

Mathematics - Michelle Harris (Assistant Associate Principal)

Science & DT - Sam Wignell

Humanities - Clare Kenchington

Modern Foreign Languages - Claire Kenchington

Creative Arts - Kerri Marshfield

Physical Education - Thomas Cue

Special Educational Needs - Robin Grimes

Updated Oct 2018