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 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, Jo Wilkes

Jo 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 Managers

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

House Managers 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.

“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