student leads Pastoral Assistant Team to aid student activities

Wednesday January 27, 2021

Concord’s Pastoral Assistant Team has undergone a restructure and new leadership, to aid the college’s excellent provision of activities for students. Miss Sarah Leighton, a former Concord student from 1991-1992, has started a new role as Pastoral Assistant Team Leader since November 2020. Alumna Miss Leighton, daughter of former Summer School Director, Mr John Leighton, started working at the college in 2007 and has had numerous positions, including Boarding, Accounts and Bursary roles, and is also currently the Lead Boarding Parent for Lower School Boys. Now in her new role, Miss Leighton oversees the Pastoral Assistants, helping to organise and facilitate evening, weekend and half term activities for Lower School and the Sixth Form. Speaking of her new appointment and a busy start since the end of last term, Miss Leighton said: “While we cannot leave the campus due to the pandemic, we are aiming to create a diverse activity programme to encourage student participation – to aid their mental and physical wellbeing, now and post-lockdown. “I absolutely love the role so far; the main challenge we face at present is keeping the students interested in a variety of activities on offer, amid the coronavirus restrictions. “To do this, we are varying the activities we are putting on, to try and cover all different interests and ages. “For example, Form 3 and 4 are in the middle of an ongoing Anime workshop, entailing story boarding and creating characters. “6.1 and 6.2 have had a crepe creation bar recently, and at the weekends the college has hosted woodland walks in the local area, just behind the college.” The Pastoral Assistant Team have numerous other ideas in the works, such as a rap workshop and a green room experience where the students can choose from a handful of virtual experiences – for example roller coasters, flying, film backdrops – “the list is endless” according to Miss Leighton. She added: “The importance of providing activity programmes for the students is key. “As well as top academic support, we need to encourage outdoor, creative and interesting activities to maintain and stimulate the students’ mental and physical health and wellbeing.”