Students

At Greensward Academy we care for each individual student, helping them to achieve their potential in all areas of academy life.  We want them to feel happy and secure in an ordered and caring environment that encourages and celebrates success.  

How we group our students
Each year group from Year 7 to 11 is divided into form groups of approximately 28 students, containing boys and girls of all social and ability levels and from various partner primary schools.  At the end of Year 6 all parents are offered an interview with a senior member of staff from the academy to discuss their child's experience from the primary school activities they do both in and out of school, personal information and friendship groups to enable the academy to settle the children as quickly as possible into their new life at Greensward. 
In Year 7, where possible, new students are placed with other students from their primary schools to give them confident while they may new friends.  New students in other years are placed in form groups after full consultation with parents. 

The Form Tutor will get to know their students closely and will move through the academy with the students, know each student as an individual, be the first point of contact for referral or praise, monitor progress inside and outside the classroom, including homework, deliver the PSHEE programme.

The Head of Year will oversee the role of the Form Tutor, offering support, guidance and direction when needed.  There is a static Head of Year 7 to support the transition process who will spend some time getting to know the children in their primary schools.  The Head of Year will move through the academy with the year group, engender a sense of unity and teamwork, monitor behaviour, monitor attendance and lateness, monitor the progress of the year group including those with special educational needs and disabilities. 

The Directors of Lower School, Upper School and Sixth Form have responsibility for overseeing the monitoring of academic progress of all students.  Each Director has specific responsibilities for their year groups. 

The Vice Principal, Student Behaviour and Safety has overall responsibility for the students at the academy.  

Dress Code

We believe good standards of dress promote a positive attitude to work and behaviour and identify students to local residents and future employers as members of an efficient organisation. The co-operation of all parents/carers is requested to ensure that students are in correct uniform on their way to and from the Academy as well as during normal school hours. Please note that Greensward Academy makes the final decision as to what is or is not acceptable in all aspects of a student's appearance.

A copy of the Greensward Academy KS3 and 4 Dress Code can be found here.

Attendance Matters 

Students who maintain good records of attendance will be both recognised and rewarded. Attendance Ted has now been introduced to Key Stage 3 and is proving very successful.

The academy looked at the GCSE results from 2013 and the following shows how good attendance can impact upon these:

  • Attendance more than 95% = 98% 5 A*-C
  • Attendance 85 - 95% = 95% 5 A*-C
  • Attendance less than 85% = 63% A*-C

All students are expected to achieve an attendance rate of a minimum of 95%. If you are unwell and unable to attend the Academy for the day, please make sure your parent/carer contacts Mrs Osborne, Attendance Improvement Officer by 9.00am at the latest, on that day and on any subsequent days that you may be unwell and unable to attend.

Morning registration starts at 8.30am and finishes at 8.55am. Any student who fails to get a mark, and for whom we have no explanation for absence, will trigger a text alert to parents that will require a response. Therefore, in order to prevent this, please ensure that you are in school, on time, every day. Holidays in term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances.

The Academy Day

The academy follows a 4 period day with a mid-morning and lunch break.  The academy has a two week timetable:  Week A, Week B

 8.25am   Movement Bell
 8.30am Registration / Assembly*
 8.55am Lesson 1
 10.10am Break
 10.30am Lesson 2
 11.45am Lesson 3
 1.00pm Lunch
 1.40pm Registration 
 1.45pm Lesson 4
 2.55pm Lower School finish
 3.00pm Upper School finish

*Assemblies are held every morning for separate year groups:  Monday Year 7, Tuesday Year 10, Wednesday Year 9 and 6th Form, Thursday Year 8, Friday Year 11 and cover topics such as keeping safe, standards and expectations, reflection, equality, freedom and prejudice, disability awareness, religious understanding and tolerance, sexual orientation and gender, class and diversity.
 
The length of the week is 32 hours 5 minutes for Lower School and 32 hours 30 minutes for Upper School and Sixth Form.  The length of time in lessons is 25 hours.  The requirement of the DfE is 24 hours.