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

Head of Junior School: Mrs G Anderson

Year 8

Learning Coordinator: Miss L Murray  //  Form Teachers:

Aspire Reach
Mrs D Gunning Mrs C Anderson Miss H Nelson

Miss M McIvor

(for Mrs C Sexton)

Mrs A Dempsey Mrs V Dempsey

Year 9

Learning Coordinator: Miss J Magee  //  Form Teachers:

9DT Mrs A Donnelly & Mrs D Thompson
9GM Mrs G McAlonan
9MH Mrs M Heggarty
9MB Miss F McCormack & Mrs B Burns
9BH Miss B Hardy
9LN Mrs L Nicholl

Year 10

Learning Coordinator: Mr D Kelly  //  Form Teachers:

10SY Mrs L Scott & Ms G Youle
10SD Mr S Duffin
10AJ Miss A Johnston
10MD Mrs M Dale
10PH Mrs P McHugh
10SN Mrs S Nicholl

Head of Senior School: Mr P Boyle

Year 11

Learning Coordinator: Mr G Lynn  //  Form Teachers:

11RC Mrs R Clague
11AM Mrs A McDaid
11MG Mrs A McCallion & Mrs U Graham
11SL Mrs S Leetch
11SB Mr S Black
11RW Miss R Wright

Year 12

Learning Coordinator: Mrs M O'Donovan  //  Form Teachers:

12CH Mr C Hodgson
12SH Miss S Hardy
12LA Ms L Averell
12AC Mr A Cuthbert
12MK Mrs M Kelly 

Head of Upper School: Mrs D Mitchell

Year 13

Learning Coordinator: Mrs D Mitchell  //  Form Teachers:

13JA Mrs J Armstrong
13ES Miss E Shaw
13SS Mrs S Smith
13JG Mrs J Gamble

Year 14

Learning Coordinator: Mrs D Mitchell  //  Form Teachers:

14KB Mrs K Bennett
14ZI Mrs Z Ings
14OM Mrs O Murtagh & Mrs D Ross