Year Group Information

Important Dates

Pastoral Care

It is important to us that our students feel they belong to the Downham Market Academy community. We recognise that the Academy is very large so we have created smaller communities within it that students can relate to and feel a part of.

All students are allocated to a House at Downham Market Academy and this is denoted by the colour of the tie:


  • Duffy Blue
  • Dyson Green
  • Holmes Red
  • Peake Purple


Each House is led by a Head and Deputy Head of House, full details can be viewed here. Students will be encouraged to compete in various activities throughout the year and represent their House.

During Year 11, students will be in a tutor group with students from Year 11 only and they will see their tutor every morning for twenty minutes at the start of the day. This tutor is the primary port of contact for both students and parents and will be able to offer advice and a supportive ear should there be any problems. Tutor time in Year 11 is used to provide students with extra tuition in English, Maths or Science to support learning needs identified during formal assessments. It may well be that students move tutor group over the course of the year as progress is made to address areas of weakness and new needs are identified.

For students with Special Educational Needs, our SENCo, Dr Natalie Paine, and Assistant SENCo, Mrs Bev Ireland, are able to offer specific and bespoke support and advice to students and parents.


We believe that a uniform helps to give young people a sense of identity and belonging to the Downham Market Academy community. We like all of our students to look smart every day by following the simple rules outlined in our Uniform Policy, details of which can be found here.


Our aim is to work with parents to ensure that all our students receive the most from their education and reach their full potential. Research commissioned by the Department for Education shows missing school for even one day can mean a child is less likely to achieve good grades, which can have a damaging effect on their life chances.

Regular attendance is a minimum of 96%; akin to attending 182 of the possible 190 days this year. This would mean having no more than 8 days of absence between now and the end of the academic year in July. A lower attendance impacts outcomes; attend less and you will achieve less. We are keen to work with parents and carers to support students to attend all the time and a number of options are available as outlined in the letter below that is provided to all parents and carers at the start of the academic year.

For information on how to report an absence or apply for any term time holidays, please visit here.

Subject Information

Our curriculum provides all students of different starting points and needs access to a full range of subjects.  Students study the same broad range of subjects through lessons and structures tailored to their needs.  The curriculum aspires to provide a quality, broad, interesting and challenging range of subjects and topics which ensures students are always ready for the next phase of their education as well as ensuring they are prepared for life in modern Britain.

In Year 11 students complete on their GCSE (or equivalent) course of study. All students will study the core subjects: English, Maths, Science and Ethics.  This will be supplemented by up to three option subjects that students will have chosen during Year 9.

Each subject area has prepared a short overview of the topics taught in Year 11 that can be accessed using the links at the bottom of our curriculum pages here.

Keeping your child safe

The welfare of your child is paramount to all that we do at Downham Market Academy.  Details of our approach to safeguarding students is outlined here.

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