Durrington High School

Student Support

Our team of dedicated teaching and associate staff are committed to giving every student the support they need to reach their personal best.  Each student is part of a company within which they are supported by both their form tutor and additionally by a team of company staff including a full time pastoral manager, deputy company leader and company leader.  We pride ourselves on knowing each and every student and understand that they need to feel safe and happy at school to enable them to progress in their learning.  Sometimes this is as simple as recognising an achievement or positive contribution they have made to our school (or wider) community, at other times they may be finding their life hard and need someone to talk to and offer them objective advice or support.

In addition to our company teams of staff we have a wide-ranging team of specialist staff who work across the school community.  They are known for going the extra mile in support of individual students with more complex needs.  A supportive and proactive home-school relationship is valued, as is an open and honest dialogue with parents/carers.  Our student support is headed by Mr Fuller ( Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs S Dedman (Assistant Headteacher).

Pastoral managers

Each company has a pastoral manager who works full time to help and support their students.  They can offer advice & guidance on many issues and also look after and promote attendance within their company.  Please feel free to contact them as set out below if you have any issue you need to discuss:

CompanyPastoral managerEmail addressDirect line
CoubertinMrs Benndbenn@durring.com01903 705647
Da VinciMrs K Chesterkchester@durring.com01903 705627
FranklinMrs C Cunliffeccunliffe@durring.com01903 705607
HawkingMrs Z Blackmanzblackman@durring.com01903 705630
MercatorMrs D Savagedsavage@durring.com01903 705609
RoddickMrs Johnsoncjohnson47@durring.com01903 705613
ShelleyMs C Wayne01903 705608

Specialist support areas

For students who have additional needs we have two on-site specialist areas of provision that offer additional support.  Mrs Blight (SENCO) (kblight@durring.com) provides additional learning support where it is needed.  Mrs Lock (rlock@durring.com) (Student intervention leader) runs The Boulevard Centre where students who have more complicated emotional/behavioural needs are supported.

Both areas have their own teams of support staff who are on hand to work one-on-one with students or lead group sessions on a specific theme. Access to either learning area is strictly at the discretion of the leadership team in school. All students who use the areas continue to follow a lesson based learning timetable.

Learning mentors

We have a number of student support assistants who work 1:1, or with small groups of students to support them and overcome specific difficulties they are experiencing.  We firmly believe that the earlier we can offer advice and support the sooner a problem/issue will be resolved.

Commissioned services/outside agencies

We work hard to commission and use a number of external professionals within the school.  These include two in-school counsellors. These staff are not a substitute for outside agencies/provision rather they offer a quick route to assessment/support/diagnosis when significant issues are proving to be a barrier to a student’s learning and progress.

We are always interested and seeking to expand out high quality student support provision to meet the changing needs of our student population; this includes working closely with a range of outside agencies and services as and when the need arises.

Information for young people – Publications – GOV.UK

What are the SEND reforms

The local offer for SEND support

SEND support Decisions

Education health and care plans

Post 16 SEND support choices 

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