St Michael's
We believe that a three way partnership between the school, its students and their parents is vital to success

Pastoral Team

St Michael’s Church of England High School has a long history of providing strong pastoral support to its students ensuring they learn, develop and grow into well-rounded individuals who leave school with good academic grades. 

Over the years, the role of the Pastoral Team has evolved to meet the ever-changing issues that our students face. As a result, we have been able to offer pioneering programmes such as 21st Century Child which offers informative talks and presentations by guest speakers and advice/ guidance to parents about issues children face in today’s society.

The Pastoral Team roles are:

Miss Preston – Assistant Head of Years 6 and 7 and Transition, Behaviour and Refocus 

Miss Preston oversees the running of the school’s ‘Refocus’ facility, ensuring students have a clear understanding of why they may have fallen short of the school’s expectations and that they learn from their mistakes and move forward in a positive manner. The role also provides a more consistent approach when dealing with behaviour across all year groups. In addition. Miss Preston liaises with local primary schools to work with children who choose St Michael’s as their secondary school. The benefits of this include a smoother transition for the Year 6 students, closer ties with primaries and early identification of students who may need additional support at St Michael’s.

Mr Turner – Assistant Head of Year 8 and Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH)

As well as assisting the Head of Year 8, with Ms Swanson, Mr Turner’s role within the school is to support students across all year groups with respect to mental health and well-being. He also works closely with external agencies to provide numerous options for students to access the help they require whilst at school.

Ms Thompson – Assistant Head of and Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH)

As well as assisting the Head of Year 9, Ms Thompson liaises closely with Mr Turner and Ms Preston to ensure the transition between key stages is seamless and that students continue to receive the best possible support. With Mr Turner, Ms Thompson's role within the school is to support students across all year groups with respect to mental health and well-being. She also works closely with external agencies to provide numerous options for students to access the help they require whilst at school.

Miss Fellows - Assistant Head of Year 10

In addition to being the Assistant Head of Year 10, Miss Fellows also guides the students through their transition from Year 9 into Year 10, which is key year for students starting new GCSE subjects. Miss Fellows ensures that strong pastoral support is provided to all students to help them through this transition.

Miss Carmichael – Assistant Head of Year 11 and Assistant Designated safeguard lead

In addition to being the Assistant Head of Year 11, Miss Carmichael also guides the students through their final year at St Michaels where students sit their GCSE exams. This time can be stressful and difficult for students; having strong pastoral support is imperative to ensure students feel empowered and motivated throughout school. Miss Carmichael also acts as an assistant Designated Safeguard Lead within the school.

All of the pastoral team conduct one to one sessions with students and group interventions delivered by the pastoral team including visits from outside agencies. The pastoral team members attend relevant meetings regarding student’s behaviour, attendance and welfare. In addition, the pastoral team liaise with professionals and families using a multi-agency approach.

Home/school relationships

As a team, we would like to say thank you in advance for your support in what we do. Our roles and the work we do can be difficult at times but with parental support, we can be highly effective and make a real impact.