Pastoral Team

Pastoral Care and Support

Pastoral Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

  • Grace Sheridan

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:

  • Jon Atkinson
  • Dede Kadila
  • Victoria Owusu-Daaku

Pastoral Manager:

  • Dede Kankonde

Inclusion Assistants:

  • Cherelle Edwards
  • Chris Kauzeni
  • Bianca McPherson
  • Kevin Thomas
  • Michelle West-Allwood

The purpose of the Pastoral Care department is to provide support to pupils through the trials and tribulations of school life.

Well-being Room

The well-being room is a dedicated space for students who need time to reflect and regulate their emotions. It is a calm environment where students can engage in activities to reduce their anxiety and worries. Our main aim is to ensure students attend lessons, prepared and ready to learn guaranteeing their success.


The Inclusion Room houses pupils who cannot be in normal lessons for a limited amount of time, due to behavioural issues. During their time in Inclusion, pupils are encouraged to reflect upon what has gone wrong with their behaviour and to develop strategies to deal with issues more positively in the future.

Secondary Inclusive Practice Forum

The Pastoral Manager supports pupils who become at risk of permanent exclusion by facilitating managed moves to other schools. Pupils who move to the Academy from other schools are similarly supported.

Medical Needs

Medical cards are provided for pupils when needed and, in the instances of serious condition, Individual Health Care plans are set up and actioned.

Child Protection

The Pastoral Manager, assisted on occasions by ACOs, attends all conferences and meetings regarding pupils on a Child Protection plan or Child in Need process.

Looked After Children

The Pastoral Manager acts as the advocate in school for all looked after children, allocating funds in regards to Personal Education Plans.

Vulnerable Children

The Pastoral Care teams provides support for other pupils by:

  • Referring to Counselling services
  • Referring to mentoring services
  • Making home visits and phone calls
  • Allowing limited “time out” from lessons
Safer School Liaison

The Pastoral Manager liaises with the Academy’s Safer Schools Officer, when necessary, especially regarding incidents involving assaults, harassment, E-safety.

Bereavement & Grieving Support

Bereavement and grieving are incredibly complex experiences for anyone regardless of age. It is something we have or will experience throughout our lives.

Hope Again

A service to help young people come to terms with bereavement and to deal with their feelings.

Early Help

Best Start Family Solutions is a service that has been set up to by Croydon Council, working together with a range of other agencies and organisations. Their focus is to help you identify areas in your life that you would like to improve and support you to do this.

Young Carers

Young Carers is for children and young people, up to the age of 25, who are carers to a parent or sibling with a physical disability, mental health issue, long-term illness or learning difficulty.

The service provides a wide range of services, including:

  • emotional support and counselling
  • educational support
  • family support groups for parents, where appropriate
  • monthly group activities

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is for children and young people, up to the age of 18 who are living in Croydon. They can help support individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorders, suicide, ADHD, autism and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

CAMHS – 020 3228 6000

Kick London

Kick provide support and mentoring to our students who need additional guidance through their education. They hold weekly meetings with their mentee’s where they set achievable and realistic targets.

Football Beyond Borders (FBB)

FBB provide one to one as well as group mentoring sessions, developing our student’s confidence and resilience within the learning environment.