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Pastoral Care and Safeguarding
We recognise that each student is unique and our focus is on enabling them to fulfil their potential. We want to equip each young person with the confidence, education and skills to give them an excellent future. Academic rigour, ambitious goals and high expectations are central to our academy ethos. We want your child to be happy, confident and successful.
We have high expectations of all our students, particularly with regard to their behaviour and commitment to learning. We work hard to instil a determination and commitment to achieve excellence in each and every one of our students. We also work closely with parents to ensure all our students maintain high standards of behaviour, attendance, uniform and personal conduct.
To give your child the very best support we have a Year Manager and an Achievement Leader in every year to ensure that your child is stretched and challenged both in their learning and personal development. Our Year Managers support the pastoral needs of our students whilst our Achievement Leaders ensure attainment and progression of every child within their year group. Students are also able to access help and support, at any time during the day, from our Student Services.
We believe that partnership with parents is crucial to ensuring that our students achieve excellence and progress. We appreciate the trust that parents place in us and understand that nobody knows a child as well as his or her parents; we therefore believe that parental involvement and interest are vital to pupil success.
Homework is an important part of the curriculum, enabling students to develop independent learning and research skills, whilst offering parents the opportunity to assist their children to achieve.
We believe that clear and frequent communication with parents and carers is important, to enable parents to support their children. The Academy offers regular opportunities throughout the year for parents to monitor their child’s progress and talk to teaching staff.
At North Durham Academy we have the highest expectations about good behaviour in and around our Campus and as students travel to and from home. Good behaviour and respect towards our neighbours and members of our local community are paramount in ensuring the safety of all concerned.
We continually talk to students about good behaviour beyond our gates and it does not matter whether it is during the evening, weekends or holidays; we want our young people to be responsible and make the right choice at all times.
We ask that our parents/carers discuss this issue with their children. The local Police and Neighbourhood Wardens will be taking action against individuals or groups of students who are involved in anti-social behaviour.