New Intake Pastoral Information - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the structure of the Pastoral System at Tollbar Academy?

  • There are six pastoral House Groups named after star constellations.
  • Each House Group has a senior member of staff, a Head of House, with pastoral oversite, as below:
    • Indus - Miss F Cooper
    • Lyra - Mr R Watson
    • Orion - Miss R Booty
    • Perseus - Mrs S Sykes
    • Tucana - Mr J Finn
    • Vela - Mr R Foster
  • Each House Group has 14 Tutor Groups.
  • Each Tutor Group has a House Tutor and each Tutor Group has approximately 25 students. Within the Tutor Group, there are students from each year group, from Year 7 through to Year 11.

What is the role of the House Tutor?

  • The House Tutor will help your child settle in with the support of the Tutor Group. Every student sees their Tutor Group and House Tutor every morning during Registration.
  • The House Tutor is the first point of contact for any problems or queries for the student and the parents/carers.

What is the Registration Period?

  • This is the first period of the day. Students will be registered and any issues can be discussed with the House Tutor.
  • Registration starts at 8:50am and finishes at 9:15am.
  • Students need to be seated and ready to be registered in Registration for 8:55am.
  • Students will be issued a late mark if they are not present when the register is taken. Students will be given extra support in the first week of term to locate their Tutor Group and find their way around the site.
  • Daily activities will be completed throughout the week, these include: Literacy Focus; Numeracy Focus; Attendance Tracker, Planner checks and keeping up to date with current affairs.
  • Each Tutor Group has a representative for the House Council and a Prefect who will help the Year 7 students settle in.
  • Where possible, students will be placed with siblings and if possible someone from their Primary School, although this cannot be guaranteed.

What is Typical School Day?

  • The day starts at 8:50am finish at 3:10pm.
  • There are six lessons a day – three in the morning three in the afternoon.
  • Each lesson lasts 50 minutes.
  • Students will require writing equipment including a ruler, pencil, pen, eraser and scientific calculator.
  • Lunch starts at 12 noon for Years 7 and 8 and lasts for 40 minutes. This allows the students to enjoy time with students of their own age.
  • A thumb print system is in place for students to pay for food. These accounts can be accessed and loaded with money online via ParentPay. Parents will be able to see what their child is buying whilst in the Academy. Money can also be added to accounts at the renumeration units located around the Academy.

What is the Planner?

  • The planner is the first means of communication between the Academy and parents and carers. It is also somewhere students can record important information such as homework, their attendance, keywords and Merits.
  • It is vital that students bring their planner every day
  • As a parent you need to sign your child's planner weekly to check any comments from teachers. This is one way of communicating with you.
  • Students must keep planners in good condition

What uniform is my child expected to wear?

LOWER SCHOOL (Years 7 and 8 only)

  1. Girls – Compulsory
    Black blazer with Academy badge and red lining.
    Black smart tailored trousers made from non-stretch material (NOT tightly fitted to the leg or cropped to the ankle).
    Plain white traditional shirt (not fitted) with top button fastened.
    Academy tie (red).
    Plain black (no badge) fine-knit V-neck jumper (optional but must be worn under blazer).
    Plain white or black socks.
    Black, flat shoes (maximum heel height 6cm at the back). Please note that trainers, trainer style shoes, canvas shoes or boots are NOT acceptable. Shoes with large embellishments on the front are not permitted, such as bows or hearts.
  2. Boys – Compulsory
    Black blazer with Academy badge and red lining.
    Black smart tailored trousers made from non-stretch material (NOT tightly fitted to the leg or cropped to the ankle).
    Plain white traditional shirt (not fitted) with top button fastened.
    Academy tie (red).
    Plain black (no badge) fine knit V-neck jumper (optional but must be worn under blazer).
    Plain white or black socks.
    Black, flat shoes. Please note that trainers, trainer style shoes, canvas shoes or boots are NOT acceptable.
  • Hairstyles which are extreme, NO vivid or two-tone hair colours, NO cuts shorter than a number 1 razor setting, NO patterns cut into hair, NO beaded braids or braids with cotton/material weaves, NO extensions which do not match natural hair colour. For girls, a normal plain hair-slide, clip or "bobble" is acceptable, but the multitude of hair ornaments favoured by some girls is not. No bandanas or scarves are to be worn in the hair.
  • Any hairstyles that have a change in hair length must be blended. Hairstyles must be graduated with no ‘stepped' patterns or lines.

What do I do if my child is absent?

  • If your son/daughter is absent, please telephone the Academy every day on 01472 500505. The MyEd App can also be used to send a message to inform of any absences.
  • Even if you have telephoned, a written note is still required on the day the student returns.
  • If you need to request an extended period of time off from the Academy Leave of Absence must be completed and submitted. These are available on our Academy website or from the Student Office. Holidays will not be authorised during term time.

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Tollbar Academy Principal

Caroline L Yates
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson
OBE, BSc, BA.
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