New student guide

All Staff at Sybil Andrews Academy are there to help students to learn and progress. So you can ask any member of staff for help at any time.

We know that the move to secondary school is a big step for your child and research tells us that students thrive best and achieve more if they feel secure and supported in a small community of learners. That is why our coaching groups are no bigger than 14, why we place great emphasis on the importance of discussion in Meeting Time and why we ensure that every individual has a learning coach to act as their advocate and mentor.

There is also evidence to show that those pupils who develop talents and interests alongside their school work make very good progress at secondary school. This is why we are keen to encourage your child to try out a variety of enrichment activities after lessons on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We hope your child will develop new interests and have a go at new experiences. Committing time and energy to talents and interests can often have positive spin-offs for other work in school, not least the development of confidence, organisational skills, self-discipline and good communication skills. They can also be fun!

Your child’s individuality is important to us, which is why we like to work in partnership with parents and carers. Research shows that parental support is eight times more important in determining a child’s academic success than any other input. You are the expert on your child and your support, encouragement and interest can make a huge difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with settling in a new school. 

There are a number of things that, as a parent or carer, you can do to help your child settle in at Sybil Andrews Academy.

  • Encourage your child to be ready to take responsibility for organising themselves by having the correct equipment every day, such as: pens, pencils, a rule and an eraser. Also, bringing PE kit when it is needed.
  • Help your child understand the importance of attendance and punctuality. There is a direct correlation between academic success and high levels of attendance. Please let us know if your child is unwell.
  • Keep an eye on your child’s planner by signing it each week. In it you will find information about the homework they are set as well as letters with key dates and details of trips and school events.
  • Encourage your child to discuss their work with you and help them find the space and time to complete homework.  Showing an interest in your child’s work helps to underline the idea that you think it is as important as we do.
  • Attend pupil review meetings and get involved in helping your child set targets for their own improvement. Your support in helping achieve targets can be really motivating and set your child on the road to success.
  • Finally, please do get in touch at any time should you have any queries or concerns. Communication with your child’s learning coach will help us better support them. Feel free to jot a note in your child’s planner, to email or phone us. Even if we cannot talk to you immediately, we will get back to you as soon as possible.