Pastoral Care

Outstanding Pastoral Care ensures our students are happy, healthy and best placed to fulfil their potential.

Every parent wants to be assured that their child will be happy at school and at Slemish College, it’s the little things that make a big difference. Our welcoming atmosphere ensures that all students feel comfortable. Specially trained 6th Form Peer Mentors meet the students on arrival at Slemish College, whether it be for sitting the test for Academic Entry, attending the Year 8 Induction Session in June, attending the Year 8 Induction days in September or during the Year 8 trips. Junior School students look forward to registration time when their Peer Mentors organise team building activities or help them settle in to school life.

Our Buddy System is available to help students develop friendships even before they start the college and parents have praised the many opportunities this has offered to allay the fears that are often associated with starting ‘big school’. Our experienced, dedicated Pastoral Care team is committed to helping our students throughout their school life and we are proud of the positive parental relationships we develop, ensuring that we are working together to ensure our young people achieve success.

We recognise that for many working parents, mornings and evenings present their own challenges so in the mornings the Nurture Room is available in the Special Needs Department, whilst our award winning refectory is open early to ensure students have the opportunity for that all important breakfast. Homework Club is open from Monday to Thursday until 4:15pm, allowing all students to avail of support from experienced Learning Support Assistants.

We have a zero tolerance approach to bullying and students can anonymously use our mobile text service or student comment box to report bullying.

Every Friday a professional counsellor is available in the Student Services Room and students can self-refer or be referred with parental permission.

Within the College there is a Drugs Education Programme which focuses on self-esteem and the ability to make decisions.  The College has also set in place a policy for dealing with drug related incidents, in accordance with NEELB advice. The Policy is available to download here.


Pastoral Structure 2020-21

Heads of School

Junior School (Years 8-10) Miss L Murray
Senior School (Years 11-12) Mr G Lynn
Upper School (Years 13-14) Mrs D Mitchell

Year 8

Learning Coordinator: Mrs M O'Donovan

Form Teachers:

8RA Mrs C Anderson
8RD Miss E Daisley
8RG Mrs D Gunning
8AS Mrs C Sexton
8AY Mrs AM Dempsey
8AV Mrs V Dempsey
8AD Mrs H Doig

Year 9

Learning Coordinator: Mrs A Donnelly

Form Teachers:

9RS Mrs L Scott
9RB Mrs S Boyd
9RC Miss C McConaghie
9AF Mr F Keeley
9AN Mrs S Nicholl
9AT Mrs D Thompson
9AM Mrs G McAlonan

Year 10

Learning Coordinator: Mr D Kelly

Form Teachers:

10RH Miss B Hardy
10RB Mrs H Bamford
10RL Mr P Leetch
10AB Mrs B Burns & Miss F McCormack
10AM Mrs M Heggarty
10AX Mrs L Fox

Year 11

Learning Coordinator: Mrs P McHugh

Form Teachers:

11PN Mr P McAnea
11MD Mrs M Dale
11LA Miss L Averell
11CH Mr C Hodgson
11SR Mr S Harvey
11MK Mrs M Kelly & Mrs R Harrison

Year 12

Learning Coordinator: Mrs D Thompson

Form Teachers:

12SL Mrs S Leetch
12SB Mr S Black
12AC Mr A Cuthbert
12SH Miss S Hardy
12RC Mrs R Cameron
12LN Mrs L Nicholl

Year 13

Learning Coordinator: Mrs D Mitchell

Form Teachers:

13KB Mrs K Bennett (Assistant Learning Coordinator) & Miss B Keenan
13RH Mr R Hunter
13OM Mrs O Murtagh, Mrs A McCallion & Mrs U Graham
13CG Ms C Mulligan

Year 14

Learning Coordinator: Mrs D Mitchell

Form Teachers:

14JA Mrs J Armstrong (Assistant Learning Coordinator)
14LM Miss L McCullough
14SS Mrs S Smith
14ZI Mrs Z Ings & Mrs A McDaid