The academy has a fully comprehensive intake, with an above-average proportion of very able students.
There is effective additional support for students requiring it and a MABLE Co-ordinator organises activities for students with exceptional abilities.
That said, we are absolutely committed to ensuring equal value is given to everyone in the academy and various intervention strategies are used to help get the best for every student.
About 85% of our students go on to further education and a further 10% go into modern apprenticeships.
Many students build on their education at Ansford Academy to go on to university.
We have a Prefect Team of 20 Year 11 students who are responsible for all Academy tours and supporting Parents Evenings.
We appoint three Senior Prefects who are selected by the Principal. They are responsible for all primary visits, managing the Prefect Team, leading the School Council and assisting with Staff Appointments.
In addition to the role of prefects, other Year 11 positions of responsibility include bus supervision, music, PE and ICT Department Support, Librarian and Numeracy and Literacy Mentoring.
The new school council Model, designed by the full prefects, follows the school staffing model and has representatives from tutor groups and year groups as well as Subject Champions who are advocates for their chosen subjects. Students apply and are elected in an anonymous voting process, again designed by the full prefects. This ensures it is not a popularity contest but a system focused on what students believe in and how they present their ideas.
Year 10 & 11 Peer Mentors
Our Peer Mentors are a team of Year 10 & 11 students who undergo professional training sessions at the beginning of the year to help them deal with a variety of possible situations. They generally work on a one-to-one basis offering emotional support and/or practical advice when life gets challenging for other students. They generally work with year 7 and 8 students but can provide support to students from any year group within the school.
The scheme is co-ordinated by members of our pastoral support team who work closely with our Mentors and also Jackie Woodmand our school counsellor.
Video 'My Year 2012-2013'
James Fothergill, Head of Education at CBI Visits Ansford Academy Dec 2012
Mr Fothergill came to see the competency skills program in action. Mr Fothergill observed some lessons and met with a group of 7 year 10 students. The CBI will be featuring Ansford as a case study on its website.
'Delightful school. Delightful students. I was very impressed by the students' awareness of, and familiarity with the key skills employers are looking for. The workplace skills programme at Ansford is exceptional; challenging, imaginative and fully integrated into the curriculum.'
James Fothergill - Dec 2012
Video 'Learning to Lead our Lives'
Yr 11 Leaver 2012
"My school is the place I come everyday to prepare myself for being the person I want to be in the future. It’s the place I come to get my qualifications, but it’s also the place I come to learn about myself and about who I want to be when I leave here, and what I love about being here is that I feel comfortable to be myself. I don’t wake up each morning and put on a mask that tries to make me someone who I’m not. I wake up each and every morning and come in as myself - as the person I feel happiest being."
Year 11 Prefect - Extract from Awards Speech
"When I joined Ansford in 2008 I was a child. I was nervous, excited and ready for the challenge of secondary school. Within weeks the nerves were gone. I felt like I fitted into this big family which is Ansford Academy. The excitement never quite left me. There's always something going on, whether it's the school production, the sponsored walk or our end of year reward trip. As for challenges, we've had a few. But Ansford's a community and together students and teachers manage to keep learning and laughing. We appreciate the small size of our school and embrace the fact teachers and students are familiar with one another. Although we're not the biggest, Ansford is full of character!"