Abbeywood Community School

Pastoral Support Team Update

The Pastoral Support Team has new members and we have changed the structure to increase the support available to students in light of their experiences over the last 18 months.  There will be a Pastoral Support Assistant assigned to each year group and we also now have a dedicated role for the Safeguarding Lead.  If you wish to contact the Pastoral Support Team, please use the email address to ensure that we can respond even if staff are absent, or are part-time. 

Year 7 & Transition – Clare Evans & Sarah Phillips (job share)

Year 8 – Albert Gardiner

Year 9 – Alastair Scott

Year 10 – Lisa Bamford

Year 11 – Rosie Driscoll

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Nicky Lopeman

Pastoral Support Manager – Karen Harding

All of the current team are Advanced Level Child Protection trained and have Mental Health First Aid training.  The new staff will be trained to this level soon. 

For initial concerns, please contact your child’s tutor, however the Pastoral Support Team offer advice, information, signposting to other agencies and support on a range of issues including wellbeing, behaviour, attendance, safeguarding, e-safety, help with boundary setting at home, bullying, ongoing friendship concerns.  We have a school counsellor, Jane Hatfield, who works one day per week and is accessible through a referral from the Pastoral Support Team (please be aware that there is often a waiting list for this service).  We can also make referrals to other agencies to support families and students and work with other agencies on Early Help Action Plans and Child Protection Plans.