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Feeling Safe & Getting Support
This page is all about feeling safe and knowing where to get support when you need it. You'll learn about our pastoral system and your "coaching group".
We have four houses (Imperial, Kings, Manchester and Oriel) and you will be assigned one of these houses before the Summer break. You will be in the same coaching group that meets each day for your entire time at HGAED and this group and your “coach” is the first layer of pastoral support.
These groups are led by the Head of House and there is also an Assistant Principal attached to each house. By the end of June you’ll know which house you are in and will be able to virtually “meet” on this page the key staff attached to it.
We'll email you and let you know when we've added this information.
The Harris Girls’ Academy Pastoral System Structure
Meet our four House Assistant Principals
Meet the Heads of House
In each film you'll learn about different aspects of the pastoral support at HGAED.
- Click here to meet Ms Kidsley, Head of Manchester House – learn about our four houses, coaching time, and the importance of lanyards/ID.
- Click here to meet Ms Ughere, Head of King's House - learn about assemblies, punctuality and attendance.
- Click here to meet Ms Palmer, Head of Oriel House – learn about additional support services such as counselling, Mistakes Lab, strengthening minds and our SHARP system.
- Click here to meet Ms Mehmet, Head of Imperial House – learn about behaviour and mutual respect, sanctions and rewards.
Meet Ms Robson, Vice Principal
Meet Ms Thompson, Year 7 Coach
Hi, soon to be Year 7s! I hope you are all excited to start your secondary school journey at Harris Girls' Academy, we can’t wait to meet you all!
I am Ms Thompson. I am a Geography Teacher (as shown by my love for standing on or near volcanoes - see picture!) and I am also a current Year 7 coach.
Your coaching group is made up of other Year 7s who may not be in your class sets. This is a great way to meet friends and help support one another in your start at secondary school.
You will see your coaching group, and your coach, every day! The great thing about this is that you build a comfortable and familiar community in your coaching group, and it acts as an opportunity to catch up with your coach if there is anything you need.
In coaching, you also learn about many different topics that help you understand more about the physical world around you, the rights of the people around us, and our responsibility to both.
See you all soon! Ms Thompson