Pastoral Care

Meet the PGHS Pastoral Team

Mr B Ward – Assistant Head Teacher (Pastoral & Progress)

I jointly lead the pastoral team at PGHS with Mr Ramsdale and have responsibility for Years 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3). Prior to my current role I was a RAC for 7 years, seeing three groups through to Year 11, whilst earlier in my career I was a form tutor. I’ve always enjoyed the pastoral element of being teacher, believing that strong pupil-teacher relationships are the foundations of a successful school. I also oversee the ‘PGHS Passport to Success’; a reward scheme designed to stretch our KS3 pupils, through a series of community, academic and leadership challenges.

Mr J Ramsdale – Assistant Head Teacher (Pastoral & Progress)

Working alongside Mr Ward I have overall responsibility for the progress and welfare of pupils in Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4). Every year group is different and no two days are the same yet throughout I am motivated by two goals; that every pupil leaves us with the personal attributes and qualifications that will help them succeed in later life and that no one slips through the net.  Seeing so many smiling faces on GCSE Results Day is the reward for another year’s hard work and my current role is hugely satisfying because I can really feel that I’ve played a part in guiding them towards success.

Mrs A Cattanach – Raising Achievement Coordinator

I am Raising Achievement Coordinator for Year 7.  Each year I really look forward to visiting our new cohort in their primary schools and then helping them to settle in. I am proud to be part of a wonderful team of committed Year 7 tutors who dedicate themselves to helping girls to feel at home and able to face the demands of high school life. Moving up to high school is such a big step and we have a wide-ranging programme of events to help make the transition as smooth as possible.  I think PGHS is a special place: I hope you discover that for yourself.I believe success comes from four fundamental life skills: commitment, hard work, dedication and resilience.  I hope to foster these within our girls.  

Mrs K McGibbon – Special Educational Needs Coordinator

I previously worked as Assistant to the SENCo since 2011.  I love working with our pupils within the Learning Support Department, making sure they all have a fulfilling and meaningful education with opportunities to achieve in all areas. I am extremely lucky to be part of such a fantastic team who are totally committed to supporting our pupils throughout the day, enabling them to cope with the demands of high school life.   

The Pastoral Care and Behaviour Code of Conduct are based on the belief that a positive culture of praise, encouragement and support is likely to ensure the best environment to promote good school relationships and enhance  motivation and achievement. We pride ourselves on our ethos of strong mutual respect and support.

“The behaviour of students is outstanding. They settle quickly into lessons and readily cooperate with teachers when asked to perform any learning activities. They show consistently excellent attitudes to learning which create in them a strong desire to achieve outstandingly well and to do their very best. This has a powerful impact on their learning. Students come to lessons well equipped for learning. Low-level disruption is extremely rare and the systems to manage behaviour are very effective and consistently applied by staff.”

“Students feel very safe and cared for in an exceptionally supportive envieonment. Staff are as concerned for students’ personal well-being as they are about academic success.”


The school has an Anti Bullying Policy which reflects the aims of the school and defines bullying as the wilful, conscious desire to hurt or frighten someone.

The Pastoral Care Policy

As governors, staff and parents of Penwortham Girls’ High School we believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that all people have:

  • The Right to Learn
  • The Right to Teach
  • The Right to Feel Secure
  • The Right to Dignity

We ensure this by providing an appropriate curriculum and support to access this and by maintaining an ordered atmosphere.

We believe that Pastoral Care within the school should:

  • support the pupil in achieving her potential: academic, cultural, physical, aesthetic, creative and spiritual.
  • encourage a sense of worth.
  • provide a secure environment which allows a pupil to be confident in school.
  • foster social skills, including the development of self-reliance, self-discipline and self confidence.
  • foster individual and group relationships.
  • foster a sense of community and encourage respect for others.
  • provide guidance and advice for pupils and be a link with other outside agencies where necessary.
  • provide systems whereby a pupil’s progress is monitored, and provide the means to intervene when problems arise which affect her.
  • provide a link between home and school.

The Pastoral Care and Behaviour Management Policies are based on the belief that a positive culture of praise, encouragement and support of students is likely to ensure the most effective environment in which to promote good school relationships and enhance pupil motivation and achievement.

The school Anti-Bullying Policy reflects both the aims of the school and the Pastoral Care Policy and defines bullying as ‘the willful, conscious desire to hurt, threaten or frighten someone.’ We also take online safety very seriously, with regular advice and guidance offered in a variety of ways to all members of our school community.

  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider