Welcome to the Pastoral department
The Pastoral Team works towards positive wellbeing in school, supporting students and families alongside school staff and other agencies, to develop rounded and resilient individuals.
Form tutors are the students first point of contact as they progress through the school; building relationships, as well as monitoring academic and personal progress, behaviour and attendance. Once a week in form time, tutors lead a session from our Headstrong programme, promoting & developing emotional health and wellbeing. To view the materials used please click here.
Students from year 10 to year 13 have the opportunity to volunteer & train as Peer mentors. This scheme is a valuable way to support our younger students who may be struggling with the transition to secondary school, friendships, or other concerns. Peer mentors are trained and supervised by the pastoral team, fostering communication & developing skills mentors or mentees will use later on in life.
The pastoral team work in conjunction with form tutors and heads of year to offer support to students struggling with a range of emotional, social or health concerns.
Head of Pastoral Support: Tara Batt-Corcoran
Pastoral Assistant: Ann Barton
Pastoral Assistant (6th form): Trudy Hankin
The pastoral room is situated next to M27, a dedicated space where students can sit quietly or speak to pastoral staff; the team offers a listening ear and ongoing emotional support.
Where appropriate, students and families may be referred to various professional therapists in school for 1:1 or group sessions; including counsellors through NESSie (North herts Emotional Support in schools ServicE) https://nessieined.com/, or mentoring with the Phase Team (https://phase-hitchin.org/)
Where students or families require a higher tier of support around mental health, wellbeing and safeguarding, the pastoral team may liaise with external professionals, to support a student’s treatment plan in school.
Self-referral for mental wellbeing
Young carers in Herts
Youth projects for young people with additional needs