At Howden School we are dedicated to supporting the learning, behaviour and emotional wellbeing of all our young people so that they make the best academic progress but also develop into well-rounded adults, who are prepared for life and work after they leave school.
The Pastoral Structure
Parents’ first point of contact should be the Pastoral Support Manager for your child’s year group. Could you please contact them by telephone (01430 430448) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as they will not always be available if you come into school without an appointment. Our Pastoral Support Managers are non-teaching members of staff so will be able to return your calls or emails as soon as possible if they are not available when you first ring the school. They will be able to investigate issues and direct them to the appropriate members of staff.
If students wish to see a Pastoral Support Manager or Learning Manager, they are welcome to do so before or after school or during breaks and lunchtimes. It is important that they use these opportunities rather than missing lessons.
The relevant Pastoral Support Managers are:
Year 7 – Miss Lewis
Year 8 – Mrs Crisell
Year 9 – Miss Donaldson
Year 10 - Mrs Taylor
Year 11 – Mrs Breeden
Students will also be supported by Learning Managers for each Key Stage; these are teaching members of staff but oversee all pastoral, behaviour and progress issues. Please note, that academic groupings will only be reviewed on a termly basis, once teaching staff have comprehensive assessment data to support any regrouping.
The relevant Learning Managers are:
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) – Miss Scott
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) – Mrs Roberts
Pastoral support for our learners is very important at Howden School. As a result, a member of the Senior Leadership Team is linked to each Key Stage.
The relevant SLT members of staff are:
Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) – Mr Harris
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) – Mrs Issatt
Will oversee the implementation of the new behaviour and rewards system.
Our Pastoral Support Managers and Learning Managers offer support for all the needs of the young people at school. However, there are times when learners may need to access additional expertise.
If young people have any health needs or would like to seek advice, the School Nurse provides a drop in service on a weekly basis that can be accessed by the young people themselves. In addition, if a child would like to make an appointment with the School Nurse, they can do so through their Pastoral Support Manager. Discussions with the school nurse will be confidential, unless there is a safeguarding issue. The School Nurse is not employed by the school and the nurse attending the school is subject to change.
The school employs a School Counsellor if young people need support with their emotional wellbeing. If a child would like to see the counsellor they need to contact the Pastoral Support Manager for their year group. It may also be the case that a parent wishes their child to receive counselling. If this is the case, the parent also needs to contact the Pastoral Support Manager for their child’s year group. There is a waiting list for counselling and most young people will attend counselling appointments for a limited number of weeks. Discussions with the School Counsellor will be confidential, unless there is a safeguarding issue.