Pastoral Care at The Polesworth School

At The Polesworth School, we are proud of our dedicated, caring pastoral team. Made up of teachers and non-teachers, the team work together to ensure all students are safe and that every student is given the very best opportunities to meet their potential and ultimately to succeed in the adult world.

Some of the issues for which support is provided are as follows:

  • Difficulties in school and at home
  • Friendship and relationship concerns
  • Bullying – bully and victim
  • Managing anger
  • Personal skills
  • Family concerns
  • Exam pressure and nerves
  • Careers and post 16 advice
  • Health and medical concerns
  • Bereavement
  • Stress and anxiety

Our team is as follows:

Pastoral Team Role
Miss K Downing Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mr P Rosten–Smart SENCO
Mr D Zeki Head of Year 7
Mrs L Dishington Assistant Head of Year 7
Mr C Warden Head of Year 8
Mrs R Collier Assistant Head of Year 8
Mr J White  Head of Year 9
Miss H Higgins Assistant Heads of Year 9
Mrs C Shafiq Head of Year 10
Mrs J Starr/Mrs R Williams Assistant Head of Year 10
Mr R Ravenscroft Head of Year 11
Miss E Phipps Assistant Head of Year 11
Mrs S Harris Head of Year 12
Mr S Cairns Head of Year 13
Mrs L Munn Assistant Headteacher and Director – Post 16
Mr P Barber Post 16 Academic Mentor
Mrs J Bailey Student Support Manager (Kenilworth and Warwick),
School Counsellor/Deputy DSL
Mrs D Williams Student Support Manager (Arden and Stratford),
School Counsellor/Deputy DSL
Mrs J Grigg Student Support Manager/Deputy DSL/Attendance Support
Mrs B Knight Senior Student Support Manager/Deputy DSL – Post 16
Mr D Crane Behaviour Manager
Miss R Goodeve Behaviour Manager
Mr M Neville

Behaviour Manager

Mrs L Asbury

School Counsellor


School Counselling and Advisory Service

In addition to our strong team of pastoral staff which includes Tutors, Heads of Year and our Student Support Managers. We also have our confidential support and advisory email service.
Students’ emotional wellbeing and concerns such as those listed below can be addressed by students or their parents speaking to pastoral staff or by students emailing for confidential support and advice.