The Learner Engagement Team

We would like to introduce you to some new staff who have been recruited to the pastoral team here at The Henry Box School and to outline the teams that support the teaching staff to focus on learning and teaching.  

We have two teams supporting our School Leader for Behaviour, Safety and Welfare - Mr Gilkes, his team of four House Leaders, Mr Trinder, Miss Cook, Miss Oliver, Mr Blois and their own teams of tutors and co-tutors.  The vertical House system has enabled us to reduce the number in a tutor group from 28-30 to approximately 22.  Some tutor groups have two tutors.

The Student Support Team

This team comprises four senior members of support staff: our Student Support Workers.  

Kerrie Bradley Natasha Humphries Ann Auton Eleanor Dimery


Some of the work that this team undertakes includes:

  • Promoting a culture where students show ready, respectful and safe behaviour and attitudes
  • Supporting students experiencing more than three significant risk factors
  • Enabling teachers to focus on teaching and learning
  • Leading and coordinating behaviour support and pastoral support for designated students
  • Actively promoting and contributing to the school ethos and values
  • Providing daily support to teaching and support staff to ensure highest standards of student behaviour and achievement
  • Facilitating restorative and reparation conversations 
  • Recognising over and above behaviours by giving praise, post cards and making positive phone calls home.

The Family Support Team

This team is made up of three senior support staff: our Family Support Workers.  


Sarah Ebanja Tracy Higgs John Bearn
Early Help Attendance and Engagement Alternative Provision


Some of the work that this team undertakes includes:

  • Addressing behaviour and attendance concerns by providing strong social and emotional support including working with families.  
  • Undertaking issues relating to attendance/safeguarding. 
  • Supporting our most vulnerable students to access education by ensuring that their needs are identified and met.
  • Being the named contact for external agencies and families.
  • Working closely with LCSS (the Locality and Community Support Service).
  • Sourcing and coordinating multi-agency interventions to support vulnerable children, young people and their families.
  • Undertaking statutory tasks related to attendance issues.
  • Carrying out Early Help Assessments to ensure preventative support is put in place.
  • Attending multi – agency meetings e.g. Team Around the Family (TAFs) and Child Protection (CP).
  • Leading on safeguarding.
  • Supporting individual students through mentoring/being key workers.
  • Facilitating restorative and reparation meetings.
  • Being involved in readmission and panel meetings.


Achievement Coach

Mr Gasper is our Achievement Coach. His role is to support the health and well-being  of students through enrichment and sport.  He helps create, promote and drive the sports and enrichment offer, encouraging and enthusing our students to take part. 
Mr Gasper also coaches and mentors groups of students who may need additional support. He provides daily guidance to a number of students at risk of disengaging with their education.

CGAColin Gasper

Achievement Coach





The Inclusion Team 

The Inclusion Team is led by Mrs Ewart-Brookes.  This team includes a number of specialist staff, Teaching Assistants, two Counsellors, a Mental Health Lead and Dotty, the Therapy Dog. We also have a Health Nurse, supplied by the NHS, who works with families and young people to improve the health and wellbeing of students.

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Our Safeguarding Team is led by Mrs Goddard, our Deputy Headteacher, and she leads a team of 9 Designated Safeguarding Leads.

The nature of the support that these teams provide for our students and families means that there may be some crossover.