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 Socia,l 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 Swanson – Assistant Head of and Socia,l Emotional Mental Health (SEMH)

As well as assisting the Head of Year 9, Ms Swanson liaises closely with Mr Turner and Ms Prestonto ensure the transition between key stages is seamless and that students continue to receive the best possible support. With Mr Turner, Ms Swanson'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 Lowe – Assistant Head of KS4 (Years 10 and 11) and Child Protection

In addition to being the Assistant Head of Years 10 & 11, Miss Lowe also guides the students through their final two years at St Michael’s in which they sit their GCSE exams. This can be a difficult, stressful time for students and continued strong pastoral support is vital. In addition, Miss Lowe acts as an assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead within the school.

All Pastoral Team members will conduct 1:1 sessions with students and, where necessary, put an intervention into place or refer for external interventions. They will also hold meetings with parents and attend relevant meetings regarding students under their care.

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.