Pastoral – the Vertical House System

Tutor groups are organised vertically with each group membership comprising students from Years 7 to 11.  Tutor groups are organised into four houses: PEGASUS, OLYMPUS, HERCULES and ORPHEUS.  These names are from Greek and Roman legend, but they are also the names of four Rolls-Royce engines.  Rolls-Royce is a large local employer and a sponsor to the Cabot Federation.

Organising the students in this way ensures that the pastoral structure mirrors the Academy as a whole as well as providing significant opportunities for both formal and informal mentoring of students across the year groups.  Also, for our Acorns in Reception, students join one of the four houses in which they will stay until the end of Year 11.

Tutors and Heads of House play a central role in the personal and academic success of every student.  Tutors have daily contact with each student in their group and are an integral part of academic monitoring, support and reporting to parents.  Tutors are the first point of contact for parents and they will also facilitate other meetings with Heads of House, Subject Teachers of Senior Staff if needed.  Parents and Carers receive clear, frequent feedback on their child’s learning and we ensure that they receive regular updates on performance.

We regard our relationship with home as a partnership to promote the success and happiness of our students.  The Academy’s tutorial programme is designed to help students develop study skills, social responsibility, self-confidence and respect for others, both in the Academy and beyond.  Tutor groups also lead house briefings and assemblies, and showcase activities.  Student responsibility is a significant feature of King’s Oak Academy and every student will play a part in inducting new students into the Academy.

The school tie is red with a colour stripe denoting the house group.

The House System supports children in three ways:

1.  It fosters excellent pastoral care across the academy.

2.  It creates a spirit of teamwork between the year groups.   Our House System allows older and younger students to work together and support each other in all aspects of school life.  This creates leadership opportunities for older students and support for younger students.

3. It allows more inter-house activities and competition across the school.  This happens in sport but also across a range of curriculum areas.

The Heads of House and their colours are:

Miss A Rice - PEGASUS - Red

Mrs C Walbridge  - OLYMPUS – Yellow

Mrs J Felski - HERCULES – Green

Mrs N Younger – ORPHEUS – Blue

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