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Pastoral Staff Contacts

Every adult has a responsibility for our students care and wellbeing, this is reflected through our pastoral structure which aims to promote the school values of Love, Hope and Trust. All concerns and queries should be directed to coaches or the progress leader in the first instance.

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Senior Leadership

Mrs Simran Bhadare – Senior Vice Principle of Behaviour & Attitudes and Pastoral Development

Coaching Groups

Year 7

Progress Leader Miss L Hart Dyke
7A Mr C Gyebi-Ababio
7B Miss B Lanham
7C Miss G Ward

Miss P Kelly

7E Miss T Boreland
7F Miss A Reid

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Progress Leader Mr J Stevens


10A Miss E Bowen

Miss S Brown-Whitehorn
10C Mr D Rogers

Miss N Dawkins


Mrs A Wignal


Ms Katherine Gavin

Ms A Slusarska

Year 11

Sixth Form

Mrs S Bhadare – Vice Principa                                     

Miss S Haider – Sixth Form Administrator                     

Year 12

Progress Leader Ms E Wilson




Ms N Ahmad

Mrs E Kingcome

12B Ms H Baluch
12C Ms A Badenhop

Year 13

Progress Leader Ms L Hopwood



Ms D Edmeades
13B Ms V Hawley
13C Ms E Gomm

Special Educational Needs Department

The inclusion team works closely alongside teachers to ensure that a wide variety of support is available for all of our SEN students, so that every young person achieves their full potential.

Mrs N Van Zyl – Director of Inclusion (Maternity Leave) 

Please direct all enquiries to Lynda Haughton in the first instance:

Ms A Wignal – Acting SENCO                

Ms K Taylor – Deputy SENCO, Teacher of SEN

Mr C Bowens – Disadvantaged Student Learning Mentor

Miss H Scott – Senior Teaching Assistant (Speech and Language Specialist)

Miss A Thornhill – Teaching Assistant (Intensive support worker)

EAL Department

The EAL department aims to empower all learners with English as an additional language to achieve success in every aspect of their school life, through specialist provisions, group interventions and tailored resources.

Mrs N Ahmad –Head of EAL

Miss B Kwesiga – Teacher of EAL & Outdoor education coordinator

Ms S Jimale – Teaching Assistant

Mrs L Rawbone – Senior Teaching Assistant

SMART Provision

The Smart provision provides education to students who arrive in the English school system from abroad in Years 11 and 12, with no experience of the English school system and / or English as an Additional Language.

Mrs N Ahmad - Director of SMART provision

Bilge Atasever - Smart Teaching Assistant 

Student Support Team

The student support team ensures that all aspects of our student’s daily care and welfare is supported. The Team provide advice and guidance to students on matters related to their education, personal, social and emotional development.

Mrs S Grey – Student Support Manager

Mr J Mateus – Student Support Officer & IEC Coordinator

Kelly Turner – Student Support Officer & Detention Coordinator

Ruth Wyatt – Student Support Officer

Safeguarding Team

We believe that every child, regardless of age, has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation which results in a child being physically or psychologically damaged. We believe that children must receive the right help at the right time to address risks and prevent issues escalating.

Mrs S Bhadare – Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs N Van Zyl – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & Director of Inclusion (Maternity)             

Mrs Lynda Haughton - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead       


For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential. Parents and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all.

Ms D Drewett – Attendance and Admissions Manager

Mrs M Palmer – Educational Welfare Officer

Safety in the community

St Mark’s Academy has a designated safer school officer, whose role is largely ensuring the general safety of every member of the St Mark’s community. This includes providing a presence at the bus stops, assisting with behaviour issues and supporting young people who have been victims of crime.

PC G Gunn – Safer schools’ officer