Pastoral care is the provision the school makes to ensure the physical and emotional welfare of its pupils.

A successful pastoral care programme means that as a pupil at Heath Lane you are safe, happy, involved and able to perform to your full potential.

The Pastoral Team also make sure you are integrating well with other pupils and any problems are spotted and dealt with.

Here at Heath Lane Academy we pride ourself on the calibre of our Pastoral Team who convey our warm strict culture at all times.

Meet the Team

Deborah Smith - Assistant Principal

Our Assistant Principal Miss Smith is our designated Safeguarding Lead and the Head of the Pastoral Team. Miss Smith works closely with Mrs Harding on all issues surrounding behaviour and pastoral support of our students.

Miss Smith liaises with Leicestershire school admissions and co-ordinates all mid term transfers. She is also responsible for the management of the LAC and SEND provision within school.

Pauline Harding - Student Support Manager 

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Pauline has worked at Heath Lane Academy and our predecessor school for 13 years.   Due to her wealth of experience she has great relationships with the parents & carers within the community. Some of our parents are former pupils themselves. During the lock down Pauline and her team have been monitoring attendance to lessons, identifying need for further support with either technology or the general emotional wellbeing for our pupils during these unprecedented times

Karen Dorman - Year 7 Pastoral Leader - 07929 784109

Karen has been at Heath Lane Academy for 5 years. All of her own children attended our predecessor school and she lives in the local community, so has close links with the parents and carers of our pupils.

Karen enjoys the difference she makes in the day to day lives of the pupils in her care and gets great satisfaction watching the year 7 pupils mature and adapt to high school.

She is proud of the resilience the year 7's have shown this term and how well they have adapted to online learning.

Marie Parkin - Year 8 Pastoral Leader - 07929 784110

Marie has been at Heath Lane Academy for 5 years. 

Marie loves working with the year 8 pupils. She likes to support them and help  students  grow in confidence as they mature. She has been on hand to assist year 8 with accessing their home learning and always wants them to achieve their best. 

In her spare time she loves to spend time with her grandson & walk her dog.

James Bateman - Year 9 Pastoral Leader 

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After 5 years of teaching PE in a school in Nottingham I opted to move to Heath Lane as a Pastoral Leader 

Year 9 is a critical time in the pupils school lives as they have to make the dreaded options choices and this year that has been even harder to do, due to the current pandemic.  Mr Batemen said "I am pleased with how resilient and considerate the students have been over the last year.  I am thoroughly enjoying being responsible for Year 9 and I strive to do my best for each and every student at Heath Lane Academy."


Chris Tierney - Year 10 Pastoral Leader 

Chris is the newest member of the Pastoral Team who started in January 2021.  He has a wealth of experience working with children in residential schools and pupil referral units. 

He is looking forward to helping and supporting all of the year 10 pupils when they return after lock down.


Alex Buff - Year 11 Pastoral Leader - 07929 784100

Alex is a former pupil of our predecessor school and joined the Pastoral Team in 2018.  

This is the first time she has supported the year 11 group but she has thoroughly enjoyed it.  She feels she has some of the "most amazing students". The relationships she has built have produced "some of the funniest conversations" she has ever had and she feels she has supported a lot of the students in lots of different areas.

Alex said "I am so proud of how they have handled these strange times and feel emotional that I won’t get to finish the year with you as I will be on maternity leave. You will all be amazing in whatever you choose to do next."


For further information on all aspects of well being please visit our Pupil Wellbeing hub