Pastoral Care in the Sixth Form

“Students benefit from outstanding levels of care, guidance and support”
— Ofsted
Pastoral support

Pastoral support

We welcome students into the Sixth Form from our existing students and other schools.  We have a caring and supportive Sixth Form team to ensure that the transition is smooth. 

Every student is assigned to a form group in Year 12 in the care of a Form Tutor. The tutor holds a key position in the life of St. Mary’s and is the first point of contact between home and school. Their primary responsibility is to monitor the welfare of each student to ensure their academic, social and spiritual development. 

The tutor sees members of the form at the start of each day to establish and articulate clear expectations. Periodically tutors will review progress with each student and help them set targets. They also provide information, advice and guidance to enable them to participate fully in the opportunities offered in all areas of Sixth Form life.

Each year group has assigned to it an Assistant Director of Sixth Form who meets regularly with the Form Tutors to discuss individual student progress. They are supported by the work of the school’s Learning Mentors, Education and Welfare Officer and a non-teaching Pastoral Manager. A spirit of unity and co-operation is secured through whole year activities such as assemblies, residential visits and Liturgies. 

“Students feel comfortable and respected, which is essential in enabling students to prosper academically. The care and encouragement given to me throughout my time in school has provided a willingness to make mistakes and then improve, leading to greater growth and development.”
— Dan, Year 13 student

Keeping Parents and Carers Informed

The school places a high value on the triangular relationship between parent or carer, pupil and staff. Effective communication between parent and school is essential to ensure the safety, well-being, motivation and all round development of each young person.

  • The school maintains close links with the parishes and primary schools

  • The weekly General Letter, termly newsletters, school website and the @StMarysMenston Twitter account ensure that families are kept up to date with events and developments

  • There is a Home/School Agreement to ensure that both parents and staff work together to encourage the best possible development of each student

  • Every student is issued with a Sixth Form Planner to help them organise their work and to provide a readily accessible point of reference between staff and parents

  • Our A-level Celebration of Achievement Evening in December celebrates the achievements throughout the Sixth Form

  • Consultation meetings with staff are held annually to give parents and staff the opportunity to discuss student progress

  • Parents wishing to discuss any matter concerning their child can contact the Sixth Form Office by telephone or email

  • Open Evenings and Open Days provide invaluable opportunities for parents to view St. Mary’s, meet staff and see the work of the school

  • The work and achievements of St. Mary’s are regularly featured in the local and national media

  • Parents are encouraged to support the school through involvement in school activities and events

  • The SIMS Parent App provides real time update on student progress and attendance.

The Sixth Form Team

Mrs J Andrews   Pastoral Manager (Sixth Form)

Mrs J Andrews

Pastoral Manager (Sixth Form)

Mrs A North   Assistant Director of Sixth Form

Mrs A North

Assistant Director of Sixth Form

Mr G Priestley   Assistant Headteacher,  Director of Sixth Form

Mr G Priestley

Assistant Headteacher,

Director of Sixth Form

Mrs C Roberts   Administrator

Mrs C Roberts


Mr A Smickersgill   Assistant Director of Sixth Form

Mr A Smickersgill

Assistant Director of Sixth Form

Mr J Trickett   Assistant Director of Sixth Form

Mr J Trickett

Assistant Director of Sixth Form



We are always looking for ways to improve the Sixth Form experience for our students. We have invested in a common room and study area for the exclusive use of Sixth Form students where they can meet, work and socialise. The facilities include:

  • An open-plan common room with designated workspaces, break-out and socialising areas.

  • A café style outlet which provides hot and cold food, snacks and drinks throughout the day.

  • Dedicated set of Sixth Form laptops for use by students for independent work.

  • Wi-fi access for students to use their own phones or tablets within the Common Room.

Where We Are

St. Mary’s has excellent public transport links to Guiseley, Menston, Rawdon, Yeadon, Ilkley, Otley, Bingley, Baildon and North Leeds. We are a short walk from Guiseley and Menston train stations and on many bus routes.