The Pastoral Structure
Pastoral Care at Larkmead
The School is a caring community and is proud of the strength and success of its system of pastoral care. Although the school is quite large, our pastoral structure and organisation means that all students are known as individuals with their own personalities, interests, strengths and problems and no child should become lost in the crowd.
An Assistant Head Teacher and a team of Directors of Learning oversee each key stage. Key Stage 3 covers Years 7, 8 & 9 and aims to lead students through their first experiences of secondary education, while Key Stage 4 covers Years 10 & 11, the last two years of compulsory education for all students, before they embark on sixth form, college or work placements
Each Director of Learning works closely with their tutor team to ensure that all students are happy at school and making good academic progress. They aim to develop close links and understanding between students, their parents and the teachers. Each student is a member of a tutor group (normally around 30 students), and remains in that group throughout Years 7 to 11. In most cases, the Tutors move up the school with the students so that there is continuity of care and accumulated knowledge of each individual over a period of five years.
The Pastoral Support Department or ‘Stepping-Stones’ aims to support young people in all aspects of pastoral care: supporting students who have vulnerabilities; working closely with Directors of Learning and external agencies; and providing a link between ‘school’ and parents in a friendly environment.
Structure of the Pastoral Team
Head of KS3: Ms Liz Watkins
Head of KS4 and 5: Mr Lionel Crowe
Director of learning Y7 Mrs Helen Holme
Director of learning Y8 Mrs Carly Smythe
Director of learning Y9 Mr Chris Morrison
Director of learning Y10 Mr Rob Cole
Director of learning Y11 Mr Gareth Williams
Director of Learning PDC Support: Mr Alistair Beer
Director of Learning and Head of the Sixth Form: Ms Jo Dering
Pastoral Support Team: Mrs Caroline Hoyle, Mrs Lisa Carlin and Mr Andy Barber