Pastoral Support

At Freebrough Academy we pride ourselves on providing a high standard of pastoral support to our students.  Please click on the links below to find out more.










Small School Structure

The Academy is organised into four smaller schools, known as ‘small schools’ which are named:

School of Aspiration

School of Inspiration

School of Motivation

School of Innovation

By structuring the Academy in this way we aim to:

  • Provide a more ‘human scale’ to what is a large establishment
  • Create an environment that is more akin to a close knit, but extended ‘family’
  • Provide real opportunities for positive social and learning communities to be developed
  • Ensure rigorous monitoring of progress
  • Provide opportunities for positive social interaction
  • Develop positive relationships between students, and between staff and learners

Pastoral Leaders

Each small school has a pastoral leader providing support to students.

Pastoral Leaders deal with concerns about your child’’s welfare and supporting all of those things that could be worrying your child and become barriers to learning. They work closely with the Head of School.

Mr. L Bateman

Pastoral Leader

As Pastoral Leader for Aspiration I work alongside the Head of School, the Student Progress Leader and the Learning Support Assistant to support students with any academic, social, emotional or behavioural issues or concerns that they may have. I also work alongside our Attendance officer to resolve attendance issues. I aim to make sure each student gets a positive learning experience at Freebrough.

Miss. L Vodden

Pastoral Leader

As Pastoral Leader I support all of the students within School Inspiration to ensure that they enjoy and achieve throughout all aspects of Academy life.  I also ensure that students are safe and supported when in the academy and I strive to make close links with parents and outside agencies. It is also my responsibility to ensure that students are in school and aiming for 100% attendance.

Mrs. A Holmes

Pastoral Leader

As Pastoral Leader for Motivation School I work closely with Mr. Bell and our team of form Tutors, to ensure you that all students enjoy, achieve and remain safe while attending the Academy. I am also the Lead Pastoral Leader. 

Mrs. A Douglas

Pastoral Leader

As the Pastoral Leader for School Innovation I work alongside the Head of School and the Student Progress Leader to support students with any academic, social, emotional or behavioural issues or concerns that they may have. My responsibilities also include promoting the highest standards of attendance and behaviour by working with students, parents, tutors and the Academy Attendance Officer. My aim is for students to learn in a positive environment, for them to feel safe in the Academy and for their experiences here to be happy ones. I am also the lead person for the Freebrough Academy Parliament, so I am always on the look out for potential members!

Vertical Tutoring

Tutor periods are given over largely to mentoring sessions, and tutor groups are organised vertically to include students from each age range. This vertical mix enhances the consistency of pastoral care over the whole period of each student’s time at the Academy.

The vertical mix also helps to develop the social skills which are required to make a positive contribution to the Academy and the wider community. All age groups learn to collaborate effectively, developing team-working and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to relate to different age groups on an equal level, instead of a hierarchy established through same age groupings. At a later point in the development of the Academy, there will also be further exploration of the potential for vertical learning and teaching.

The key focus of the pastoral system is on the individual, to make sure that everyone is individually supported – socially, emotionally, behaviourally and morally. The system also ensures that challenging targets are set for all, a process which every learner is involved in.

The progress of each learner is tracked and monitored against challenging and aspirational targets, by the effective use of data. Learners will strive to achieve the highest attainment and this will be driven by a relentless focus on high quality learning, teaching and assessment.