Pastoral Care at St Andrew’s College

At St Andrew’s we understand that every young person is different, and that some students will need a little extra support to help them to reach their full potential. We take pride in the level of pastoral care that we provide, which enables us to accept students of varying abilities and those with additional needs.

We welcome students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, mental or physical health issues, and those with English as a second language. We also have experience in educating students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Please tell us about your needs when you make your application, so that we can discuss how the college can support you.

Our Pastoral Team:

Head of Boarding and Pastoral Care (Designated Safeguarding Lead) , Gethin Thomas

Gethin supports our students who are experiencing physical or mental health problems by:

  • Listening to students and providing advice or guidance to help them manage their problems
  • Arranging medical or dental appointments for our international students
  • Making sure that students with additional needs are supported in their lessons and accommodation. This could include one-to-one learning support, timetable alterations, or counselling

Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Despoina Karanasiou

Debby can support students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities by:

  • Creating and monitoring an Individual Education Plan for each student with additional needs
  • Coordinating learning support for students with Special Educational Needs
  • Arranging extra work or mentoring for our Gifted & Talented students

Personal tutors

Each student is allocated a personal tutor, who is a member of the teaching team.

A tutor will:

  • Speak to their students on an individual basis every week
  • Assist students with any academic problems and university applications
  • Listen to students if they have any questions or worries – whether about academic or personal issues.

House Parents

Students in our halls of residence will be cared for by a House Manager.

House Parents will:

  • Provide a ‘home away from home’ – a clean, comfortable, and nurturing base for our boarding students
  • Monitor students’ attendance, behaviour and wellbeing

“Staff are vigilant and approachable. They know their students extremely well because of the regular checks they make on well-being in tutorials and through routine discussions.”Ofsted Report 2018

We also provide:

Small class sizes, which means that every student receives the individual attention and tailored learning support they need.

A warm, welcoming environment in which every student is valued, and concerns are listened to.

A wide range of clubs and societies, which afford students the opportunity to develop skills, interests, and friendships outside of lessons.

A Student Council, enabling participants to acquire leadership skills and to use their voice to shape the college.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) classes, to address the specific issues and life challenges our students may face and how to manage these. 

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for our GCSE students, which provides the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds.


What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children and young people from abuse
  • Preventing any damage to children and young people’s health and development
  • Making sure that children and young people grow up in a safe and caring environment
  • Helping all children and young people to have the best outcomes in life

How do we safeguard our students?

  • The college is a safe space. You can talk to any member of staff if you are worried about something or if you do not feel safe, and they will listen to you.
  • All staff are trained in safeguarding. This means they know how to listen to young people, how to notice if something is not right, and what they should do if they are concerned about a student.
  • The Head of Boarding and Pastoral Care (Designated Safeguarding Lead) , Gethin Thomas and the college Principal, Wayne Marshall have advanced safeguarding training, including what to do if a student suffers from abuse.
  • In PSHE lessons, you will be taught about how to recognise abuse and how to keep yourself safe, including online.
  • The college does not tolerate any form of abuse between students. This includes:
  • bullying (face to face or online, such as on social networking or messaging apps) sexual violence or harassment (including sharing
  • sexual images of another student, touching them without their consent, or unwanted sexual comments or messages).

What should I do if I feel unsafe?

  • If you feel unsafe, worried, scared or upset, please talk to any member of staff whom you feel comfortable with. This might be your teacher, House Manager or someone in the office. They will listen to you and help you to get the support you need.

Safeguarding Contacts

Gethin Thomas – Head of Boarding and Pastoral Care (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

[email protected]

Wayne Marshall – Principal

[email protected]

Tim Fish – Safeguarding Governor

[email protected]

“The school is a friendly and welcoming community. Leaders and school staff give high priority to the development of students’ personal skills and are successful in supporting most students to become confident learners.” Ofsted Report 2018