Pam Maskell – Post 16 Student Support Manager
The pastoral system follows our students through Key Stage 5 and beyond. My base is in the 6th Form Hive, where I am available to the students from 8am. The final 2 years at school can be very demanding academically, emotionally and socially and students are confident that the support I offer at every level equips them with the confidence, knowledge and positive attitude that will be needed to take up the next stage of their life either at University or in the work place. The unbiased support I offer through one to one meetings with students and talks to parents empowers both to make informed choices about the University application process.
Time management, revision skills, individually designed study programmes and coping strategies can be developed to suit the individual. Our 6th form students lead very busy lives and take on a lot of responsibility throughout the school and part of my role is not only to advise but support their activities whether it is fund raising through our many charity events to helping organise the Leavers’ Assembly and Ball. I have established links within the local community and our students frequently assist with their fund raising events too.
I run an open door policy and students are confident that personal issues are treated confidentially and with empathy. I provide a level of sensitivity and confidentiality required when dealing with issues ranging from sexual health to stress management, relationships and mediation and students are confident they will receive the best possible advice.
I co-ordinate the Key Stage 5 Aim Higher programme which provides additional support through subject specific lectures at Birmingham, Aston and City Universities.
Ofsted reported that the 6th form pastoral system is ‘outstanding’ and through my personalised approach our students can develop into confident, informed and forward thinking young people.
The C-Card scheme is available to 6th form students only.
If students wish for further information on issues such as Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Bereavement and Sex and Relationships but are nervous about talking to someone then there are leaflets/information posters around the school signposting students to different organisations/charities/agencies and outside Miss Steadman's/Miss Gilbert’s office.