At Friesland School, we are passionate about supporting each and every child within the school to be the very best they can. We recognise that students have very different life experiences and we are always on hand to support students as and when necessary. The form tutors and the pastoral support team work hard to help children be happy, safe and confident in school, and ensure that they have a clear voice. The team also work hard to ensure equality of opportunity for all students.

Role of the Pastoral Support Team

    • Support student wellbeing
    • Support student attendance
    • Celebrate achievement
    • Support student behaviour
    • Encourage student achievement

Pastoral leaders

Lower and Upper School

Mr L Edwards Pastoral Leader – Year 7
Mr M Slaney Pastoral Leader – Year 8
Mr J York Pastoral Leader – Year 9
Miss N Belgrich Pastoral Leader – Year 10
Mrs C Reynolds Pastoral Leader – Year 11

Sixth Form 

Mr M Puddy Head of Sixth Form
Mrs H PitmanSixth Form Deputy

Pastoral support team 

Mrs H YorkTransition Manager, Pastoral Support Assistant – Year 7
Mrs S CostelloPastoral Support Assistant – Year 8
Mrs S McKay Pastoral Support Assistant – Year 9
Mrs J Throup Pastoral Support Assistant – Year 11
Mrs C Collishaw Wellbeing Advisor
Mrs A Patterson Wellbeing Advisor
Mrs V Nelson Attendance Support
Mrs A O’Toole Attendance Support
Mrs C Bowman Senior Family Welfare Officer

At Friesland School, we are all committed to promoting and supporting positive mental health and well- being for all of our students, through high quality pastoral care.

This is delivered through a comprehensive PSHE programme and we are passionate about providing all of our students with the knowledge and understanding they need to develop and sustain positive mental health.
However, we do understand that there may be times when life events or difficulties can affect a young person, and they may need extra support to overcome challenges.

If you have concerns regarding your child’s mental well- being, please talk to us initially. There are also a number of organisation and websites that may be able to provide you and your child with specialist help and support.

www.kooth.com This is a free counselling service which is accessible to young people aged 11-25 living within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. This can be accessed via any device as it is an online service and, as it has similarities to online chat, many young people have found this a good way to gain professional support from trained counsellors.

www.youngminds.org.uk A website offering help and guidance to young people with a variety of mental health concerns. There is also a helpline for parents to call if you are worried or need help/advice – 0808 8025544

www.stem4.org.uk Stem4 is a teenage mental health charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by addressing commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage.
If you find working from a mobile phone helpful, you can also download an app that provides tasks that help support your child to resist or manage the urge to self-harm, or cope with eating disorders or anxiety. You can add your own tasks too and it’s completely private and password protected.

www.hubofhope.co.uk This website provides a database of support that enables you to search for nearby services, including a ‘talk now’ feature.

www.papyrus.org.uk The national charity for prevention of young suicide. They run HOPELineUK which is a National Confidential Helpline. Phone: 0800 068 41 41 / Text: 0778 620 9697

www.stonewall.org.uk Acceptance without exception. Support on all issues relating to LGBTQ

www.switchboard.lgbt Switchboard is an LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most. They’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits and conversations are 100% confidential. Call 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm daily)

www.fflag.org.uk supports friends and family members of LGBT people

www.cruse.org.uk and www.hopeagain.org.uk 0808 808 1677, Cruse offers bereavement support and Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.

www.firststepsed.co.uk First Steps is an award-winning quality assured eating disorder charity working across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire providing care and support for adults, children and young people.

If you think you or one of your friends might be getting bullied, the worst thing you could possibly do is keep quiet. Please speak to your tutor, Pastoral Support Officer, Head of Year or email stopbullying@friesland.ttct.co.uk if you think you are being bullied. We will always take your concerns seriously and deal with them sensitively and appropriately.

What is bullying?

Bullying can be anything from being made to feel physically intimidated to having hurtful rumours spread over social media.
Here are a few ways children and young people have described bullying:

  • being called names
  • being ignored and purposely left out
  • being put down or humiliated
  • being teased
  • being pushed or pulled about
  • having money and other possessions taken or messed about with
  • having rumours spread about you
  • being threatened or intimidated

Types of bullying

  • verbal or written abuse – such as targeted name-calling or jokes, or displaying offensive posters
  • violence – this includes threats of violence
  • sexual harassment – unwelcome or unreciprocated conduct of a sexual nature, which could reasonably be expected to cause offence, humiliation or intimidation
  • homophobia and other hostile behaviour towards students relating to gender and sexuality
  • discrimination including racial discrimination – treating people differently because of their identity
  • cyberbullying – either online using social media or via mobile phone, offensive texts for example.

What is not bullying?

There are also some behaviours, which, although they might be unpleasant or distressing, are not bullying:

  • mutual conflict – which involves a disagreement, but not an imbalance of power. Unresolved mutual conflict can develop into bullying if one of the parties targets the other repeatedly in retaliation.
  • single-episode acts of nastiness or physical aggression, or aggression directed towards many different people, is not bullying
  • social rejection or dislike is not bullying unless it involves deliberate and repeated attempts to cause distress, exclude or create dislike by others.

We have a student friendly version of our anti-bullying policy, which you can read by clicking the link below

Anti-bullying policy – student friendly version