Pastoral Structure

The pastoral system aims to prepare pupils to be successfuk, confident and responsible members of society, and to foster an atmosphere in which each member of the community feels valued and respected. We seek to develop pupils’ self-esteem and ability to form positive relationships with others through the work of the pastoral team in each year group.

The Rainey places great emphasis on the Pastoral Care element of our work which we see as being at the heart of everything we do.

Our Pastoral Structure has been designed to ensure that pupils will always have access to individual attention or individual support. Each year group is assigned a number of staff with specific pastoral responsibilities for that year group: it has a Head of Year and classes in the year group have assigned to them a form teacher to look after them on a day-to-day basis.

Role Of Head Of Year

The Head of Year manages a team of Form Tutors who play a key role in supporting and advising pupils on a daily basis. The Year Head is in daily charge of the year group in much the same way as a Principal in a smaller school. The Head of Year co-ordinates the daily work and activities of the year group and deals with any problems which might arise.

Specifically, the Head of Year is responsible for pupil progress: for encouraging effective learning by each individual pupil in the year group and for the regular monitoring, review and evaluation of pupil learning. Related to this, the Head of Year takes a leadership role in curriculum development and is responsible for dealing with any behavioural issues which might arise, as these can be a hindrance to effective teaching and learning.

Personal Social and Health Education is delivered by the pastoral team, and through external speakers and special events when the Pastoral Team feel that such external assistance is important.

Role Of Form Teacher

As already mentioned, each class has a form teacher who meets the class at the start of each school day. The form teacher monitors the attendance, punctuality, progress, standards of uniform and behaviour of the pupils in their class. They also have an important mentoring role with the pupils in their care as well as a role in target-setting, review and evaluation of pupil progress.

Specifically, the form teachers check absentee notes and inspect the homework diaries and checks the homework which members of the class are due to hand in each day. They check that each pupil is wearing the correct uniform and that he is properly equipped for class.

Together with the Head of Year, the form teachers have an important role in encouraging effective learning and in fostering good class spirit and mutually respectful relationships.

Role Of Subject Teacher

Given that we see the process of education as being essentially pastoral, the subject teacher – the person directly involved in the delivery of high quality classroom teaching and learning – has an important pastoral role.

It is the duty of the subject teacher to create a stimulating and supportive learning environment for the pupils, to foster good relationships in the classroom and to promote positive behaviour based on mutual respect. In these circumstances effective teaching and learning will prosper.

Pastoral Staff

The Head of Pastoral Care is Mr C Simpson.

Year Heads

Year 8 Mrs Service Mr Boyd
Year 9 Mr Henderson
Year 10 Mr Robinson
Year 11 Mrs Drennan
Year 12 Mr Simpson
Year 13 Mr McDonnell
Year 14 Mrs Doherty Mr Campbell


Year 8
Miss Fulton 8A
Mrs Lubwama 8B
Miss McKay 8C
Mr Staples 8D
Year 9
Dr Peggs 9A
Mrs Simpson 9B
Miss Reid 9C
Mrs Stewart 9D
Year 10
Miss Badger 10A
Miss Bingham 10B
Mrs Glenn 10C
Miss Cusack 10D
Year 11
Miss McCracken 11A
Mrs Patterson 11B
Mrs Ferguson 11C
Mrs Francis/Mrs Wharry 11D
Year 12
Mrs Quigley/Mrs Irwin 12A
Mrs Cooke 12B
Mrs Burns 12C
Mrs McGurk/Mrs Frew 12D
Year 13
Mr Laughlin 13A
Mrs Beggs 13B
Miss Given 13C
Dr Kane 13D
Year 14
Mrs Watson 14A
Mr Palmer 14B
Mrs McAlister 14C
Mrs Knox/Mrs Hutchinson 14D