Atlantic Academy has three Faculties and each of them is represented by a different colour.
All students belong to a faculty from Year 1 to Year 11 as part of our all through philosophy and we try to keep siblings in the same faculty all through their school life. The tie they receive on their first day determines the faculty they belong to.
Throughout the year we run numerous competitions within faculty teams, allowing students to participate across all age groups. Students represent their faculties by the colour of their tie.
The ‘Faculty’ System in secondary is an innovative way of combining the pastoral and academic sides of academy life :
Once students start secondary they belong to a tutor group with peers of their own year group. Each tutor group is then assigned to one of our 3 Faculties: Blue, Green and Orange. The Faculty is led by a Faculty Director who, as Assistant Principal, is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
On this pastoral side of the system, the Faculty Director supports the Pastoral Leads and tutors in their Faculty to support students’ academic and social progress.
The Faculties are very much like a traditional ‘House System’. Students compete against each other in ‘inter-faculty’ competitions, raise money for their designated charity, operate a separate School Council and appoint Student Leadership Teams who help support the running of their School.
The system offers more opportunities for students to become engaged and support the Aspirations Framework including the ‘3 Guiding Principles’ and the ‘8 Conditions That Make a Difference’.
In supporting the academic side of Academy life, the Facility Director also acts as Line Manager to the Subject Co-ordinators that are within their Faculty. This system makes communication easier and the names of the three faculties are based on colours of their tie, linked to one or more of the subjects associated with that Faculty. In the Secondary phase all members of staff and students belong to one of these Faculties and each Faculty is overseen by a member of the senior leadership team:
- Blue: Ms Detterick English, Science and Maths.
- Green : Ms Winsborough Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages.
- Orange: Miss Board Performing Arts, Sport and Technology.
Staff in the Primary phase work across the separate Key stages, in year group teams.
Every week the students from Year 5 to Year 11 have the chance to earn positive points, at the end of the week these are all collated together to see which faculty has the most.
Points can be awarded for a variety of reasons both inside and outside lessons such as; commitment to their academic work, Golden tickets, An act of kindness or thoughtfulness, Being polite and considerate to name just a few examples.