Huish Academy

Pastoral Care

Huish Academy


Safety, well-being and happiness, combined with an awareness of the importance of academic progress are the main areas of focus for our pastoral team. We believe that all Huish students should experience the most wonderful education that we can offer and we firmly believe that a happy student is one most able to learn and progress both academically and on a personal level. We pride ourselves in helping to develop young people who leave us with excellent academic results, a self-awareness and assuredness, alongside an awareness of the world around them, that best prepares them for life's next stage.

If you are concerned about your child, or need extra support in some way, please speak to school about it. There is often something we can do to help and you don’t have to face it alone.

Please see our Student Services Hub leaflet for information by clicking here.

You can also contact a member of staff from the list below via main reception on 01458 250501.

Alternatively, there is a list of websites that you may find useful; You can find links to these at the bottom of this web page.

Designated Child Protection Lead: Mr Jon Merrick-Wren
Mr Wren has overall responsibility for the Child Protection at Huish Episcopi Academy and any concerns about this should be directed through him or a member of staff below who may be able to help in the first instance.

Student Support Officer: Mr Richard Gandy
Mr Gandy leads the Student Support team and will be working on preventing behaviour issues at Huish as well as supporting Mrs Cross with welfare.

Student Support Worker: Mrs Harriet Cross
Mrs Cross will support your child with any welfare issue that they may be experiencing, or will signpost them in the right direct of someone that can help.

Student Support Administrator: Mrs Sarah Burton
Mrs Burton is Student Support Administrator and will help your child to find the right support and is part of a team that assists students at Huish with any medical needs.

Progress Leaders:
Progress leaders are responsible for whole year groups as set out below. They focus on progress and Learning, but also deal with some behavioural and welfare issues.

  • Yr 7&8: Mrs Elizabeth Robinson
  • Yr 9: Mr John Hughes
  • Yr 10&11: Mr Jason Short

Parent and Family Support Adviser: Mrs Claire Kelly
Claire Kelly’s role is to support and advise parents on any issue that is impacting on their child’s education. Claire can visit at home or meet at school and can be contacted on 01458 254439 / 07500882411.

Attendance Officer: Miss Alison Powell
Miss Powell regularly monitors attendance, including punctuality and will look at accessing support for students whose attendance falls below an acceptable level.

Useful links for students and parents:

  • Support with Bereavement click here.
  • Support with Bullying click here.
  • Support with Depression click here.
  • Support with Drug/Alcohol misuse click here.
  • Support with Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing click here.
  • Support with Managing Relationships click here.
  • Support with Resilience click here.
  • Support with Self-Harming, (Eating Disorders), issues click here.