Pastoral Care at the Anthony Gell School

At our school we aim to provide our students with a safe and secure environment in which they can feel happy, learn and make friends. Staff are committed to providing the best in Pastoral Care and rightly place the care of the child, alongside a high standard of learning, at the top of the school’s vision for success. We are an inclusive school who are experienced in ensuring children with differing needs are able to enjoy access to school, the classroom and wider activities. We promote tolerance and respect for each other in a friendly and supportive environment, where every child matters and feels they have a voice.

There is an emphasis on positive behaviour both inside the classroom and around the wider school site. We encourage your child to use all the facilities as students have wide access to classrooms, IT and sporting facilities at breaktime and at lunchtime. We are confident that the open nature of communication and access combine to create confident and respectful young adults, that are well prepared for their journey in life. We hope your child enjoys their time at school and makes the most of the extensive range of extra-curricular activities on offer. We believe there is something for everyone at Anthony Gell School

The Pastoral Team consists of The Head of Pastoral Care and five pastoral managers who have a variety of roles including attendance, behaviour and support for students’ well-being. The Pastoral team integral towards enhancing communication between parents, students and staff.

The Pastoral Base offers another place for students to feel safe and ask for any help/support as and when they require. The meeting room, within Pastoral Base, allows students and staff to speak about their issues in a welcoming, supervised environment. The meeting room is also used for the multiple agencies that work alongside Gell to support the care and well-being of students.

As all the team work closely in Pastoral Base, we can ensure that communication and responses to students’ needs are dealt with quickly and as always sensitively.

A Multi Agency Approach

We communicate regularly with other professionals who work with young people to provide help and support for our students. Examples include: School Nurse, Local Police, Multi-Agency Teams and Social Care to name a few. By doing this we work towards ensuring you and your child are surrounded by support when required.

Pastoral Team

Helen Dafforne

Head of Pastoral Care

Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer


Lynn Davis-Patterson

Pastoral Lead

Pastoral Manager – Gell


Clare Flower

Pastoral Manager – Arkwright

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Phoebe Machin

Pastoral Manager – Nightingale


Chris Carr

Pastoral Manager – Fearne



Finn Sarginson

Pastoral Manager – Wright

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