How we look after your child
The transition between primary school and secondary school can be daunting for young people and their parents. At Southfields Academy we do all that we can to make this process smooth by getting to know each student as well as possible during the months before term begins in September. From the student's first visit as a prospective to their induction day in July we stay in touch and can help with any issues, questions or worries that the child or parent has. We visit the young people in their primary school and speak to their teachers, we look at their work and really get a picture of what we can do to make the students feel that moving on to secondary school is part of a continuation of their education rather than a completely new set of experiences and challenges. During the first few weeks of the summer holiday the students coming to us in September for Year 7 have the opportunity to take part in Summer School with their future classmates, helpful activities are sent home to parents in a handbook and there are summer holiday tasks for students to complete.
Tutor Grouping and Year Grouping / Pastoral Care
Students are placed in a small tutor group of 15 students when they join in Year 7. There is a Tutor and a Co-Tutor. We endeavour to keep Tutor Groups through to Year 11 where possible. In each Year Group there are between 8 and 12 Tutor Groups, they are managed by a Head and Deputy Head of Year supported by an Assistant Headteacher, Pastoral Care and in Years 7 & 8 the Assistant Headteacher, Key Stage Three and in Years 9, 10 & 11, the Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum & Standards.
Students meet with their tutor in the morning for registration at 08:20 and again in the afternoon after Break 2. This is a chance for the registers to be taken and any messages or information passed by the class teachers to be addressed with students. Contact with the Academy will be through your child's tutor in most cases and any messages or information you need to give us should be passed to them first.