Each member of the school belongs to one of four houses: Arthur, Fraser, Morrison or Temple. Two members of staff are in charge of each house, assisted by tutors and senior pupils. As well as registering pupils’ presence each morning, tutors keep an overall eye on an individual’s work and progress, giving them personal support and encouraging them to make the most of their opportunities at The Academy. Anyone with a problem of any kind is encouraged to discuss it with their tutor in the first instance. Tutors are the first point of contact between home and school and remain with their tutor group as it progresses through the school.
All pupils are encouraged to take an active part in house activities, for example by joining in or supporting as many of the inter-house competitions as possible, which usually take place at lunchtime.
The house singing competition is a very popular event in which everyone sings, on stage, in their house choir. Songs are chosen and choirs organised by the many talented musicians in our Sixth Year. On the last morning of the Autumn Term the final round of the debating competition is held in front of the assembled school. The quality of the debating is always of a high standard and many participants go on to debate at university level.
Tutors monitor each individual’s progress by means of assessments which are carried out during the Autumn and Spring Terms. These are designed to give pupils and parents as clear an idea as possible of the progress being made during the session. In addition, twice each year, a full report with comments from all teachers, tutor and the Rector is posted home.
Each year group also has a parents’ evening during the course of the year when parents are able to discuss work and progress with the tutor and other members of staff. There are also Communications Evenings prior to S1, S5 and S6 to help parents ensure their children gain the most from these years.
The School Nurse is available for support and advice.