Pastoral Structure

Pastoral Structure

The pastoral system aims to prepare pupils to be successful, 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 Tutor

As already mentioned, each class has a tutor who meets the class at the start of each school day. The tutor 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 tutor check absentee notes and inspect the student planners 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 tutors 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 Mrs Simpson
Year 10 Mr Henderson
Year 11 Mr Robinson
Year 12 Mrs Quigley
Year 13 Mrs Thorogood
Year 14 Dr Kyle


Year 8
Mrs Dunlop 8C
Mrs Stewart 8P
Miss McKay 8S
Mr Staples 8W
Year 9
Miss Badger 9C
Miss Bingham 9P
Mrs Glenn 9S
Mrs Kenning 9W
Year 10
Mr Laughlin 10C
Mrs Beggs 10P
Mrs Hutchinson/Mrs Irwin 10S
Mr Campbell 10W
Year 11
Mrs Parke 11A
Mrs McAlister 11B
Mr Palmer 11C
Mrs Watson 11D
Year 12
Miss McCracken 12A
Mrs Ferguson 12B
Mrs Patterson 12C
Miss Perkins 12D
Year 13
Mrs Lubwama 13A
Miss Darragh 13B
Mrs Ireland 13C
Mrs McGurk 13D
Year 14
Dr Peggs 14A
Mrs Hunter/Mrs Francis 14B
Mrs Cooke 14C
Mrs Drennan/Mrs Crawford 14D