Richard Challoner School

Wellbeing and Pastoral Care

At Richard Challoner School we take supporting the wellbeing of others and building resilience very seriously. We recognise that today’s teenagers face an increasingly complex and challenging world. We seek as a school to empower children to manage this healthily in our Christian community.

Students are supported by their form tutor who registers them each day. Each year group is led by a Year Leader who in turn is led by a Head of Key Stage. For pastoral issues, concerns should firstly be discussed with their form tutor or if more pressing to their Year Leader who will know the best place to refer on to if necessary.

Pastoral Team

Head of Key Stages 3 and 4 Mr M Cox
Year 7 Year Leader Mr A Norton
Year 8 Year Leader Mr S Gregory
Year 9 Year Leader Mr N Mander
Year 10 Year Leader Mr R Stansbridge
Year 11 Year Leader Mr K McKenna
Head of Key Stage 5 Mrs C Verdin
Year 12 Year Leader Ms V Wilkinson
Year 13 Year Leader Mr B O'Neill
Pastoral Support Officer Miss A Drinkwater
Director of Spirituality Mr N D'Aguiar
Senior Teacher i/c of Safeguarding and Student Wellbeing Mrs A Southall

If a child has any concerns, they are encouraged to speak to their form tutors in the first instance but are always welcome to speak to any member of staff or their Year Leader for more pressing matters. Children may also contact a chosen member of staff through the Here2Help app on their iPad.

If you have concerns about your child or someone else’s child, please get in touch with the school office, and they will direct you, respecting your confidentiality, to the correct person for your enquiry. You can also email the Safeguarding Team via

As a school, we have connections with many trained professionals who can support you and your child in the best manner possible. We can also offer advice on how to access support services externally if you feel that would be of more benefit to you.

Introducing Ellis and the Mental Health Support Team

We have recently had Ellis, an Education Wellbeing Practitioner from the Kingston Mental Health Support Team, join us at Richard Challoner to support young people with anxiety, low mood and other common difficulties. Please see the video to find out more about what her team does and how she may be able to help.

If you are interested in accessing support from Ellis or anyone on the Mental Health Support team please contact your form tutor or year leader.

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