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Pastoral Care

Our distinctive ethos is based on traditional values, including pupils’ personal development, outstanding academic achievement, smart appearance and high standards of behaviour including good manners and courtesy.

We offer a caring and secure environment where pupils are happy and hard working. We have a stimulating curriculum that helps prepare them for university, the workplace, a worthwhile career and a successful life. Every child is special and deserves the best opportunities. 

We work with all pupils to find and develop their individual talents and interests. By giving individual care, support and encouragement we help pupils reach their academic potential.

As part of our emphasis on a caring ethos, we have created four houses at St. Martin’s, namely Roman, Quinlan, Hunter and Becket. Year 7 pupils are allocated to one of these four houses. The year group is the responsibility of a Head of Year leading all 280 pupils in assemblies and other activities. Pupils join a tutor group of around 24 pupils with a tutor who meets the group every day and offers care, guidance and support.

We work closely in conjunction with parents and as part of that partnership we have a dedicated Year Group Administrator attached to each year group. Parents can contact  the Year Group Administrator at any time of the school day to raise concerns or questions. 

Key Pastoral Staff 

Deputy Headteacher Mr K Camy kcamy@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Director of KS3 Miss H Jackson hjackson@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Director of KS4 Mr S Smith ssmith@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
 Director of KS5 Mr J Beddow  jbeddow@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Head of Year 7 Mr R Bias rbias@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Head of Year 8 Miss A Hawkins ahawkins@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Head of Year 9 Mr P Hallahan phallahan@st-matins.essex.sch.uk
Head of Year 10 Mr D Roberts droberts@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Head of Year 11 Miss M Casey mcasey@st-martins.essex.sch.uk

For specific details on each year group, please use the menu on the left to navigate to the pages relevant to you. 

Attendance 

For a pupil to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential. Morning registration will take place at the start of school at 8.30am. The registers will remain open for 15 minutes. Pupils arriving after the end of the registration period should sign in with their Year Administrator and will be treated for statistical purposes, as present, but will be coded as late before registers close (L). Any pupil arriving after 9.15am should also sign in at the appropriate Year Offices and will be marked as having late after registration closes (U). In cases for example, where the absence at registration was for attending an early morning medical appointment, the appropriate authorised absence code will be entered.

If a pupil is ill and cannot attend school, parents are expected to contact the school as early as possible but no later than 9.30 am on the first day of absence. The Year Administrator will contact parents after 9.30 am via Truancy Call if this has not been done.

When a pupil returns to school, the parent/carer should provide a note outlining the reasons for absence. Pupils with exceptional attendance are recognized throughout the year in assemblies and awards’ evenings.

Leave of Absence in Term Time 

We have higher attendance than the great majority of schools in the country and this undoubtedly contributes to pupils’ high achievement.

Given the importance we place on pupils’ attendance, the Headmaster is highly unlikely to grant leave of absence for any holidays during school time. Parents must take this into account when applying for leave of absence.