Student welfare is a very important part of the Pastoral Care at Noel-Baker Academy. A happy, safe student will become a confident learner. From the first day in school, students become a member of a form group, which also represents their House. Their Form Tutor immediately forges a strong bond with their students and will monitor their academic and personal development.
Pastoral Leaders monitor all aspects of students’ performance in school including attendance, readiness to learn, attainment and behaviour. They work closely with Form Tutors and Curriculum Directors and stay with our year groups throughout their time at Noel-Baker.
All of our Pastoral Leaders can easily be contacted by telephone before and after school as well as any time during the school day and are available to meet with parents and carers whenever is convenient, but we do recommend that you ring first and make an appointment.
Pastoral Leaders' Profiles
Alyson Woodcock - Year Manager for Year 7
I am the Pastoral Leader for Year 7. I started at Noel-Baker in January 2007 and previously worked for Derby City Council Youth Offending Service as a Preventions Officer, working with young people aged 7 – 13. I also worked for Connexions Derbyshire, supporting young people within education, up to the age of 16 prior to this. I am enjoying this role and look forward to the challenge of my year group.
Olivia Donlan - Year Manager for Year 8
Jo Ford - Year Manager for Year 9
Liz Johnson - Year Manager for Year 10
I am the Pastoral Leader for Year 10. I have worked at Noel-Baker since 1999 in a variety of roles, including that of Senior Teaching Assistant when I worked with students involved in our Support Base. I have also spent some time as Behaviour Improvement Manager in BIP.
Richard Flower - Year Manager for Year 11
The first steps
Pupils join Noel-Baker Academy from a number of primary schools in the Derby area. They can feel overawed with the move from primary to secondary school, which is why our transition team work closely with the primary feeder schools to make this move as smooth as possible. The team’s work involves arranging visits for year 5 and 6 students to come into Noel-Baker Academy to familiarise themselves with our learning environment. We also invite pupils from our feeder schools to join us for sporting events, where they have the opportunity to enjoy activities with our students and staff.
We want to put parents’ minds at rest and reassure them that, once their child joins Noel-Baker Academy, our pastoral team will work closely with them to ensure they feel happy and safe.
The journey through school
It is important to us that our pupils become confident and independent young adults, who are both happy and productive. In our experience, a year-based pastoral system is the most effective way to support pupils in achieving this. Each year team is led by a Year Manager with the support of a team of tutors. The team also has a dedicated member of the Senior Leadership Team monitoring and supporting them.
Pupils are placed in a form group at the start of year 7. They stay with this form group and form tutor throughout their journey. The form tutor plays a pivotal role for each pupil, establishing links and becoming the first point of contact for parents. They also support the academic and social progress of pupils, striving for each of their tutees to achieve their maximum potential and assisting in developing well-rounded young adults.
Keeping Children Safe
The Noel-Baker Academy takes its responsibility very seriously to ensure that all pupils and students are safe at all times, have their needs met and their welfare promoted. All Academy staff are appropriately trained in, and committed to, the policies and procedures which ensures a proactive safeguarding cultured is maintained at all times.