Shuttleworth students are supported pastorally by an extensive team of practitioners who aim to respond to the early signs of need. We offer guidance, support and intervention to promote good attendance, behaviour, wellbeing and achievement.

All students have a dedicated ‘Pastoral Leader’ whose core purpose is to ensure all aspects of school life are positive and impactful. Some students may need more intensive support from staff who specialize in specific areas, for example academic mentoring and nurture provision. Mr. Turner, our Year 7 pastoral leader, works with all new Year 7 students, then passes their care over to one of our other pastoral leaders, who will carry on caring for that year group until they graduate.

Jamie Howarth, Year 9

“I first started at Shuttleworth College in September 2017. My first few weeks or so weren’t the best, but the teachers and my closest friends carried me along. In primary school I was bullied really badly and I worried that it would carry on into secondary school, but because of the pastoral team I’m now really happy here!

Mr. Turner has been the biggest help to me by helping me to work out issues I’ve had with people and building up my self-confidence. He has also helped me with my self-esteem, my anger, and pushing me to achieve in my literacy. Another really good thing Mr. Turner has helped me with is making new friends, through a reading group with 5 other boys my age and playing one of my favourite sports, which is football.

After the first 3 or 4 months of help from my new friends, girlfriend, and a lot of teachers, I feel really happy and settled. The pastoral team has really helped me out; especially Mr. Turner who is the great person to work with! I feel confident in school, and know that I can always go to the pastoral leaders if I’m worried or struggling with something.”

-Jamie Howarth

Chris Turner, Pastoral Leader Year 7

Hello, my name is Chris Turner and I am the Pastoral Leader for Year 7. However, some of you may be aware that my role differs somewhat to other heads of year, as I begin to work with my year group before they even start in Year 7, ensuring that they transition successfully to secondary school.

I specialize in working with our feeder primary schools and liaising with their Year 6 teachers in order to provide bespoke support/intervention for our young people prior to starting secondary school. Once here, I support every child as they settle in to their new school and help them to overcome any challenges they may face.

Coming from a professional sporting background, I pride myself on the quality of the service that provide. I make it my priority to always go above and beyond in terms of pastoral care and work extremely hard alongside families in order to make every child’s secondary school experience a positive one.

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Gaye Pugh, Pastoral Leader Year 8

Hello, my name is Gaye Pugh and I am the Pastoral Leader for Year 8. Having worked here at Shuttleworth College for 12 years, I have a great deal of experience in supporting every child to embrace their own uniqueness and to learn and develop as individuals.

As a parent of two grown-up children myself, I understand the importance of supporting each child and giving them the best start on their personal pathway to success, be that through university, an apprenticeship, or an amazing career.

I am passionate about working with young people and find it so rewarding to watch them mature into wonderful members of the community. I also enjoy supporting staff in their efforts to help the children to fulfil their potential.

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Joanne Grice, Pastoral Leader Year 9

Hello, my name is Joanne Grice. Having been a Pastoral Leader at Shuttleworth for 13 years, I have worked with many students, helping them to grow and progress and removing barriers to learning. I have paved the way for many to become successful young people and good role models within Padiham, Burnley, and our local community.

My role within school is a challenging one where two days are rarely the same. I learn new things every day as our students introduce ever evolving issues. One issue is for certain, Shuttleworth is the best it has ever been; we have a multi-cultural, diverse population of students and a positive school climate where individuals feel valued, listened to, cared for, and respected. This atmosphere contributes to effective learning and genuine development both inside and outside of school.

Shuttleworth students have everything at their disposal to ensure they leave in Year 11 armed with great examination results, life skills, qualifications, knowledge, and a wide range of choices for their future lives. Many former students come back into school to fill me in with news and updates and it feels great to be part of so many people’s educational journeys and good memories of their school days.

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Melissa Southern, Pastoral Leader Year 10

Hello, my name is Melissa Southern and I am the Pastoral Leader for Year 10. Since joining the Pastoral Team at Shuttleworth College four years ago, I have seen many changes, which have had a significant impact on the learning experience of the students in our care.

My job as a Pastoral Leader is both diverse and challenging, but this makes it all the more rewarding. Seeing young people overcoming challenges and achieving their potential through their own resilience and perseverance is the best part of my job.

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Tom Baiamonte, Pastoral Leader Year 11

Hello, my name is Tom Baiamonte and I am Pastoral Leader for Year 11. I have worked at Shuttleworth College for 10 Years and am proud to be part of how the school has developed and progressed in that time. I am committed to working with students to help them achieve their goals and to give them the tools to have bright, positive futures.

I get great satisfaction seeing Shuttleworth students mature into outstanding young adults. Providing emotional, moral and social guidance is huge part of my role, supporting students on the journey to GCSE’s and beyond.

The wellbeing and safeguarding of all young people in my care is of paramount importance, ensuring that they have a safe environment where they are able to learn and reach their potential.

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