How we support our students
At Sharples School, we pride ourselves on the excellent pastoral care and support we provide, ensuring that every student is happy, safe and settled in their environment, and that all students develop into confident, hard-working, respectful and ambitious young people.
Our strong pastoral support network includes Year Co-Ordinators, Pupil Intervention officer, In-school Behaviour Mentor, form tutors as well as a dedicated pastoral team. We cater to the individual needs of each and every student at Sharples School.
At Sharples School, we offer a two-day transition for every Year 6 student. In addition to this we host our very own free one week summer school, additional welcome evenings and settling in evenings throughout the year, so it doesn’t matter if you’re the only student coming from your primary, you will settle and have lots of friends by the time you start in Year 7.
As well as the students, we want to support parents and carers as much as possible. For a Year 6 parent it can be as nerve racking as it is for the student transitioning into secondary education. We welcome parents and carers to ring, email or visit Sharples School as often as they like.
Need advice? Any questions? Concerned? Worried?
Please feel free to contact the relevant member of staff or arrange an additional visit for you and your child.
SLT Lead for Pastoral Care
Mrs C Wood – Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Pastoral care
“Pastoral care is at the heart of everything we do here at Sharples. We believe that every child deserves the very best life chances and strive to ensure that this happens every day. Our pastoral care takes a holistic view of the child and provides wrap around support for any child who will benefit from it.” – Mrs Wood
Mrs P Paton – Year Co-Ordinator for Year 7 and Transition.
Mrs R Dann – SLT Link to Year 7.
“My role is to make sure that not only are students achieving, but that every student is happy, safe and genuinely enjoys their journey here at Sharples School.
I will help students overcome barriers to learning and any additional problems they have.
I am always on hand to listen to students. Year 7 is a crucial year for them, so we must ensure their time here at Sharples is a pleasant one. We work hard to support all our students, and my role is to be on hand with whatever support they need.” – Mrs Paton
Mr J Whittle – Year Co-Ordinator for Years 8.
Mr M Callaghan – SLT Link to Year 8.
“My main aim is to make sure all students have a happy, smooth and fun transition into Year 8. I want to ensure I can support them as much as possible as I know there are a lot of changes they will face throughout this academic year.” – Mr Whittle
Mr B Stanier – Year Co-Ordinator for Year 9.
Mrs F Khan – SLT Link to Year 9.
“My role entails providing advice, guidance and pastoral support to students in my year group with a firm but fair approach. I am able to identify student barriers and identify strategies to overcome them as these could affect their learning and restrict their future achievements.” – Mr Stanier
Mrs M Moss – Year Co-Ordinator for Year 10.
Ms C Molyneux – SLT Link to Year 10.
“Year 10 is a pivotal year for our students at Sharples School as they begin to embark on their career pathways and start their GCSE courses.
Our focus is to guide and develop students academically and personally, to provide support and encouragement that will ensure they make excellent progress that will enable them to continue to build on the good foundations for their transition into key stage 4.” – Mrs Moss
Mrs L Harrison – Year Co-Ordinator for Year 11.
Mr L Savage – SLT Link to Year 11.
“Year 11 is a pivotal year in the academic and personal development of students at Sharples School. At the end of the year they will sit their final GCSE exams and make key decisions about their futures. We provide an unparalleled level of pastoral care during this time, ensuring all students are confident in their abilities and ready to succeed.” – Mrs Harrison
Pupil Intervention Officer
Mrs M Moss – Pupil Intervention Officer.
In my role, I provide individual support for students who are finding it difficult in the classroom environment. I provide a space where students receive one-on-one support in order to improve their progress.
I work with students to nurture, support, champion and empower them to overcome barriers to learning and to achieve their full potential.
Attendance & Admissions Officer
Mrs K Burke – Attendance & Admissions Officer.
In my role as The Attendance Officer, I work alongside key school staff in school to promote excellent attendance, reduce levels of absence and work with students and families to promote high levels of attendance. It is important to:
• Promote and support high levels of attendance.
• To support students in achieving their full academic potential.
• Promote a positive attendance and punctuality culture.
• Form strong relationships with parents/carers
Mrs J Gregory – Inclusion Manager.
In my role, I aim to support and promote an inclusive culture throughout the school, enabling all students to achieve their best, overcoming barriers to learning and participation.
Mrs J Paradine – SEND.
In my role, I:
• Support the identification of children with special educational needs.
• Co-ordinate provision for children with SEN.
• Liaise with parents / guardians of children with SEN.
• Liaise with other providers, outside agencies, educational psychologists and external agencies.