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Academy Life

Valuing and caring for each individual student is one of our top priorities and we have put a lot of thought into how we provide this care.

Houses

Student care, support and guidance at the Academy is organised through our four Houses. Each House has a Head of House, a team of tutors and support staff, and each meets for a weekly assembly. Each of the four Houses has a number of tutor groups led by form tutors which meet daily.

Vertical Tutoring

Each tutor group is made up of students from every year in the Academy. The typical size of a tutor group is 20 students. This vertical tutoring system helps us to create a family unit where older students take responsibility for supporting younger students in all aspects of their care, welfare and guidance and act as important role models. The role of the form tutor is also very important as they monitor the progress of their students regularly as well as track their attendance and behaviour.

Day to day life at the Academy

All students are expected to wear the following uniform:

  • Black blazer with Academy badge on the breast pocket
  • Grey pullover (optional)
  • House tie
  • White shirt (long or short sleeved) – not available from the Academy
  • Black full length trousers or black knee length skirt
  • Black shoes and socks

Topcoats, hats, hooded tops, tracksuit tops etc., should not be worn in the Academy.

Click here to view the OBA Uniform Guide 2015


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