How we support our students
If students are happy, safe and supported they flourish at school and will achieve their personal best.
Supporting students is one of your key priorities, whether this is monitoring and keeping them on track with their learning or whether they need help to deal with personal, social or other issues.
Every student at the Crest Academy is treated equally and fairly. We believe the needs of every child are important and we wish to ensure that all students are listened to and cared for.
How are students supported?
At the Crest Academy, we seek to create a tolerant, inclusive community in which each person is respected and recognised as of equal value. We adopt a policy of positive behaviour management, which encourages students to take responsibility for their own actions and to consider their impact on others. Young people are encouraged to develop strategies to enable them to behave appropriately and to respond in socially acceptable ways.
We believe that students respond best to a calm atmosphere with clear and consistent messages; that praise and reward and the celebration of success create an environment of mutual support and respect.
Tutor groups are arranged in mixed ability sets and every tutor group has a teacher tutor.
We take seriously any problems that might get in the way of learning so issues such as bullying are dealt with quickly through year teams and Curriculum Directors.
Our counselling service is financed by the school, sometimes students may be experiencing difficulties with their lives and need time and space to explore their feelings, counselling offers an opportunity to do so in a safe, supportive, non-judgemental and confidential environment.
Many students come on their own initiative – they have recognised their need and are able to ask for help. Others are recommended by their friends, many of whom have found counselling in school useful in the past.
In 2016, we launched a new mentoring programme. This professional, comprehensive and sustainable training aims to support students to help increase their emotional resilience and to help them develop into happy and confident adults who can achieve their full potential. Having a mentor provides students with an opportunity to talk to someone who is not judgemental and who they trust – particularly if they have something confidential that they may need to discuss.
We also believe that parents/carers have a vital role in supporting children while they are studying at school, your child will need to work more independently at secondary school and your interest and input will still be important and will help your child to do well.
Look for opportunities to talk to your child about schoolwork – children enjoy sharing what they are learning. Try to find topics you’re both interested in so it’s more of a conversation than an interrogation.
Ask your child if there’s anything you can do to help with homework. Discuss the organisation of the work. If your child has several assignments due in on the same day, suggest they space the work out rather than leave it all until the night before.