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Student Care and Guidance

Supporting Students

When students come to TCA they join one of our three Learning Communities.  Each Learning Community is led by an experienced and dedicated team committed to working with students and parents to make sure that students are able to do their very best.

Each team has at least one Progress Leader and Progress Worker. On entry, students are placed in a tutor group alongside other students from each year group;  an arrangement which fosters understanding between children of different ages and which provides peer support.  On entry to the Academy older students work with Year 7 students to help them adjust to Academy life and answer any questions they might have.

Throughout the day the Learning community Team is in the front line of communication with parents, having an overview of student life both in the Academy and in the community.  These teams liaise with outside agencies when necessary.

We also have an Attendance Officer who works closely with parents and the Educational Welfare Service if extra support is needed to reach our high standards of attendance and punctuality.

The Academy council helps represent the views of students and also provides the opportunity for older students to mentor and support younger students.

Monitoring Progress

At the Academy we offer a broad range of personalised support to our students, coupled with close monitoring of their academic progress. Academic mentoring is carried out by tutors, class teachers, middle leaders and senior members of staff.

Form tutors act as students’ first point of contact and will monitor, support and influence their progress, performance and good behaviour.

Safe Environment

As members of the Safer Schools Partnership we have access to various youth organisations which enable us to keep up to date with issues affecting young people. Being a member of the Partnership also means that the Academy has its own designated Police Community Support Officer.

The Academy website gives advice and guidance to students and parents about staying safe at school and on  the journey home.

When behaviour is a barrier to progress, the Academy implements its discipline process. We will not allow behaviour to impede learning. Ultimately if a student does not meet the standards set, the Academy will use permanent exclusion.