The academy operates a vertical tutoring system. This means that instead of the academy being organised into year groups, registering together, we have broken them up into four Houses. Each House contains six form groups which comprise of year 7 to year 11 students.
These form groups meet during the academy day to take part in assemblies and the tutorial reading programme.
The Houses are designed to offer a consistent experience for the student’s time in the academy. At the same time each House strives to establish its own identity within the academy community.
Each House has six tutors, a Head of House (HOH) and a Deputy Head of House (DHOH). Each House is named after famous people who lived and worked in Plymouth. They are:
- Astor House – Named after Nancy Astor, the first female MP to take her seat in the House of Commons. She represented the Plymouth Sutton constituency. The HOH is Mr Gilchrist and the DHOH is Miss Liddell.
- Scott House – Named after the famous explorer and Royal Navy officer, Captain Robert Scott born in Plymouth. The HOH is Mr Lucas and the DHOH is Mrs Hyde.
- Drake House – Named after Sir Francis Drake, the famous sailor and explorer, based in Plymouth. The HOH is Miss Congdon and the DHOH is Mrs Bosley.
- Weston House – Named after Dame Agnes Weston, a charity worker who devoted her life to helping sailors in the Royal Navy. Much of her work took place in Devonport. The HOH is Mrs Wood and the DHOH is Mrs Ham.