Pastoral Support

At Freebrough Academy we pride ourselves on providing a high standard of pastoral support to our students.

Time 4 You Psychological Service is available for all students, parents and staff. They are a Quality Approved Provider with Redcar and cleveland Local Authority as well as Middlesbrough local authority for providing professionally qualified, trained and supervised counsellors supporting many schools in the Redcar and Cleveland area.

Small School Structure

The Academy is organised into three smaller groupss, known as ‘small schools. We have renamed our small schools this Academic Year. The students were asked to suggest ideas for new names, that would reflect our local history and community. The winning suggestions are all names expeditions to the Antartic by local explorer Frank Wild, who was born in Skelton.

Small School Discovery

Head of School – Mr D Lythgoe

Small School Aurora

Head of School – Mr J Hukin

Small School Quest

Head of School – Mr D Forteath

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
  • 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

As Pastoral Leader for Discovery, I work alongside the Head of School 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

As Pastoral Leader for small school Aurora, I work to ensure that students 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. I also work with school leaders and students to eradicate bullying. I work with student led FAB (Freebrough Against Bullying Team), supporting them to help students build confidence and resilience in dealing with peer relationships.

Mrs A Douglas

As the Pastoral Leader for small school Quest, I work alongside the Head of School 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 team. 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!

Mrs A Holmes (Lead Pastoral Leader)

As the Lead Pastoral Leader for the Academy I work with all of the small school teams to ensure that students are safe and happy at school. I am the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and work alongside the Designated Safeguarding Lead to ensure that any safeguarding concerns are dealt with swiftly and appropriately. I support a smaller group of students in the Academy alongside the Assistant Principal for Behaviour, Safety and Welfare to ensure that students who may have more barriers to learning have the correct support in place to ensure that can all learning opportunities.

Vertical Tutoring

Within each small school there are a team of tutors who see their tutor group every day for 25 minutes. The 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 tutor should be the first contact for any concerns regarding your child and you can contact them by calling the Academy or emailing During tutorial students work their tutor to monitor and evaluate their own contribution to the Academy, develop awareness of social, emotional, spiritual and cultural issues, explore British values and enhance their knowledge of the wider world. Each week students take part in a national debate about a new topic such as “Would the suffragettes be happy with today’s parliament?” or “Will the World Cup repair our relationship with Russia?” Our students can see how their views compare with the picture nationally when the take part in the vote.

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.

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.