Pastoral leaders are assigned to each year group, and will focus on the safeguarding and wellbeing of all students. Although they generally focus on one year group, pastoral leaders may work across different groups as the need arises at different times in the day. They may also work across year groups if they are working with a particular family. They have enhanced training in a number of issues, such as safeguarding, conflict resolution, and mediation.
Working with form tutors
Pastoral leaders work closely with form tutors, and will sometimes pick up and deal with issues across form groups that tutors refer to them, in particular friendship issues or anything that may involve bullying. During break and lunchtimes, each pastoral leader can be found at a Mediation Station in the playground area assigned to their year group. This provides a safe space where students can self-refer, or be referred by staff, for the resolution of friendship issues and conflicts. Students who have friendship issues should make sure that they go to the mediation station rather than seeking our their pastoral leader at other times during the school day.
Working with parents and carers
As non-teaching members of staff, pastoral leaders have the capacity to attend external meetings about children during the school day, and will liaise with external providers where necessary, in consultation with the Director of Alternative Provision, or the SENCO.
Each pastoral leader has an office to allow for private meetings with students and parents, and they may invite parents in for consultations if they feel it necessary to support a child. They work particularly closely with the Director of Learning for their assigned year group, and will ensure that the Director of Learning is informed about matters that impact on the wellbeing and safety of students as soon as possible after they occur.
Continuity in school
Pastoral leaders stay with their year group as they move up through the school, so as to help to provide continuity of experience for students. If parents need to contact pastoral leaders, they should be contacted in the first instance through form tutors so as to ensure that lines of communication are kept clear, and to guarantee that the form tutor is aware of any concern raised about a child in their form.
Our current year-based pastoral leaders are as follows:
Year 7: Mrs Carol Barratt
Year 8: Mrs Sheila Mold
Year 9: Miss Jade Noonan
Year 10: Miss Louise Budan
Year 11: Miss Donna Jewell
In addition, we have two members of the pastoral team Miss Alison Stroud and Miss Faith Mwangi, who are not attached to individual year groups, but who work closely with particular groups of students who have been identified as needing support beyond that which can be provided by the year team alone.