• Each student belongs to a form class and has an appointed form tutor whose responsibility is the pastoral care of each student.
• The Head of Year leads a team of form tutors and is responsible for the pastoral care and discipline of students in their Year group. The Head of Year has a shared responsibility for the academic progress of students.
• The five Heads of Year, Pastoral Hub staff, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Lay Chaplain, two Deputy Head teachers and two Assistant Head teachers make up the Senior Pastoral Group.
• The Senior Pastoral Group liaise with external agencies such as Educational Psychology Service, Wigan Start Well Service, Targeted Education Support Service (TESS), CAMHS, Wigan Inclusion Team and school nurses about pastoral issues relating to the students.
• All non-teaching staff – technicians, administrative staff, lunchtime supervisors, teaching assistants, librarian, canteen staff, etc – have a role to play in the pastoral care of students in our school.
The form tutor has a responsibility for the welfare of individual students, who will deal with matters such as attendance, punctuality, appearance, attitude to learning, behaviour and general academic progress. For the majority of general enquiries and concerns, the form tutor should be the first point of contact for parents. Alternatively, parents may contact staff in the Pastoral Hub. For more serious concerns regarding their child, parents should contact the Head of Year or a member of SLT.
Under normal circumstances, the form tutor remains with their form class from Year 7 to 11 and so knows the students intimately, their background, needs, aspirations, interests and academic ability. In addition, the five Heads of Year have a day to day responsibility for administering general discipline and overseeing the welfare of the students in their year.
Subject teachers are aware that pastoral issues arise occasionally and are sensitive to the needs of the students in their class. The subject teacher will make their Head of Department and the form tutor aware of any problems, real or perceived, which they encounter with their teaching groups and will co-operate in making use of the pastoral structures in place in the school for dealing with problems which arise.
The five Heads of Year are:
Head of Year 7 – Mrs. J. Stanton
Head of Year 8 – Mrs. H. Hanley
Head of Year 9 – Mrs. C. Togher
Head of Year 10 – Mr. P Stuchberry
Head of Year 11 – Mrs. M McMiken