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Student & Pastoral Support

Tutors and Key Stage Leaders

All students have a tutor who becomes the first point of contact for support and guidance. Each year group has a dedicated Key Stage Leader who provides focused; academic, behaviour and attendance support for every student.

Pastoral Support Team/Assistants

The Pastoral Support Team are comprised of non-teaching staff who are able to support, monitor and mentor students in all aspects of welfare, behaviour and attendance.  They are a key contact point for parents and students.  They can be reached on 01454 862986 or

Karen Harding - 

Pastoral Support Manager

Behaviour & Attendance Lead 

Nicky Lopeman -

Pastoral Support Assistant

Designated Safeguarding Lead & Transition 

Lisa Bamford -

Pastoral Support Assistant

Year 8 & 9 

Albert Gardiner -

Pastoral Support Assistant

Year 10 & 11 

Sarah Phillips -

Pastoral Support Assistant

 Year 7

Clare Evans -

Pastoral Support Assistant

Year 7 

Katie Page -

Pastoral Admin Support

(Maternity Leave)

Admin Support 

Wendy Holbourn

Pastoral Admin Support

Admin Support 

Rosie Driscoll

Attendance Improvement Officer


Jane Knight

Attendance Administrator


Wider Support

A school nurse and counsellor are also available in school. Both these services operate on a referral basis and work in partnership with us, creating additional capacity for student support and safeguarding of their welfare.  Please contact Pastoral Support if you feel this would be appropriate for your child.

Creating the Right Ethos

Positive attitudes to learning and meeting the shared ‘Abbeywood Expectations’ are at the core of our desired ethos; as such, the school has a strong culture of rewarding and celebrating student success. Students are major stakeholders in the development of the school and we are evolving our Student Forum to give them greater responsibility in decision making and shaping policies around learning, ethos and environment.  We have appointed Student Ambassadors in Year 11 and at Post 16 who will have a variety of leadership roles. We expect our ambassadors to be outstanding role models, setting a fine example to other students and our wider community. We are very proud of the positive relationships forged between staff and students.

An Emphasis on Healthy and Sustainable Living

Abbeywood Community School is proud to have achieved the Sports Mark Award. The curriculum has a strong focus on healthy and sustainable living and provides students with many opportunities to explore how they can address issues of sustainability in a meaningful way in the 21st Century.

Developing Emotional Literacy

The curriculum provides a firm foundation for students to learn and understand how to relate to each other and develop attributes such as empathy and listening skills.  PSHE is delivered through our Global Citizenship programme of learning.  Students are challenged to think about how they will become citizens of the world in the future.  This involves lessons on celebrating diversity, respect and making healthy choices.  Students will also be taught, and have opportunities to ask questions about, sex and relationships as part of the new mandatory curriculum in schools.  We believe that Global Citizenship gets the right balance between learning and enquiry so that students are prepared to grow up and develop in the modern world.