Pastoral Overview


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.  Their Form Tutor immediately forges a strong bond with their students and will monitor their academic and personal development. 

They stay with this form group and form tutor throughout their journey. The form tutor plays a pivotal role for each student, establishing links and becoming the first point of contact for parents. They also support the academic and social progress of students, striving for each of their tutees to achieve their maximum potential and assisting in developing well-rounded young adults.

Heads of House 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 their year groups throughout their time at Noel-Baker.

All of our Heads of House can be contacted via email at any time during the school day and are committed to responding within 48 hours.  It may be possible for you to speak to the Heads of House on the telephone throughout the day subject to them being available.  Appointments can be made for face to face appointments.

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 students 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 students 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 students in achieving this. Each House is led by a Head of House with the support of a team of tutors. The team also has a dedicated Key Stage Associate Assistant Headteacher monitoring and supporting them.

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 culture is maintained at all times.

Safeguarding Officer – Mrs O Pett

Safeguarding Officer – Miss R Flude