Pastoral Care System

At the Birley Academy, each year group has a dedicated Head of Year and Deputy Head of Year. The Head of Year is a teacher, and the Deputy Head of Year is a non-teaching member of staff. The Deputy Head of Year is non-teaching so that they have more time available to them to help support and care for each of our students. Each year team also has a member of the senior leadership team (SLT) attached to it.  Here is a description of how each member of the year team works with our students.

Heads of Year – These are staff who are key pastoral leaders. They have significant experience of working with and dealing with students and their families, especially around behaviour. They have the time to work with their year group to uphold the standards we are all working hard to embed in school. They will liaise closely with form tutors, staff and parents/carers to deal with behavioural issues and attitudes to learning.

Deputy Heads of Year – These staff support the Heads of Year in upholding standards in year groups. They do not have a teaching timetable so have time to deal with issues as and when they arise. They monitor their year group in lessons throughout the day to ensure that students are meeting the academies core values.

Senior Leadership Link – The senior leadership link has oversight of a specific year group. They work closely with Heads of Year and Deputy Heads of Year. Their focus is on how they and the academy can support students who need interventions and additional support in liaison with parents/carers, SEND staff, the attendance team and other agencies.

The Year Teams for 2023/24

YearHead of YearDeputy Head of YearSLT Link
7Mrs L Holt-KapeMr W BlakeneyMrs L Gilham
8Miss A BickerstaffeMs S YellottMiss T Clarke
9Mrs V BuxtonMrs R SmithMr B Coleman
10Mrs A CalvertMiss T ShahidMrs B Kellett
11Mrs J GodbehereMrs S ParlettMr D Gillett

All of these staff will lead their team of form tutors and work closely with parents and carers to make sure an effective support structure is in place for every student.

Year teams support students with transition, reading, careers, options, PSHE, regularly review key areas of learning and provide intervention and support when specific issues or concerns arise. They will also work with pupil groups to organise year group events, charity work, sporting activities and reward assemblies and celebrations.

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