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As Director of Key Stage 3 I aim to encourage students to realise their individual potential and take pride in their own performance. Whilst I am keen to promote ambition and aspiration as their teacher and director, it is important that Budehaven students show respect and kindness to each other and develop as well rounded individuals who will contribute positively to the community. I will support students to reach their academic potential and I will advise them about their future career pathways; together we will discuss and explore student’s GCSE Option choices and further education.
The journey ahead of us will be exciting and perhaps difficult at times but I will endeavour to support and nurture our students during years 8 and 9 readying them for their next stage.
The pastoral structure at Budehaven is based on year groups. Each year group has six or seven tutor groups of approximately thirty students and is led by a Coordinator of Learning and Personal Well-Being (often referred to as ‘CoLs’).
A key focus of the role of CoLs is to work with form tutors to monitor the progress of students and to help ensure they achieve their target grades based on their prior attainment. Therefore, working closely with Leaders of Learning and subject teachers, CoLs organise mentoring and other intervention strategies that help support students make progress.
The other main aspect of the role of the CoL, is the ‘personal well-being’ of the students in their year group. In addition to their tutor and CoL, pastoral support is provided for students by a Pastoral Support Assistant (PSA). Each year group has a PSA attached to it. The PSAs are located in the Pastoral Support Base (A20) and students can go there if they have a concern or problem.
Sarah Van Der Linden
Pastoral Team and Headstart Manager
Pastoral Leader - Transition
Pastoral Leader - Attendance
Pastoral Leader - Behaviour
Pastoral Leader - Student Welfare