Meet our Pastoral Team


60CBCD04D5Mrs Robinson – SENCO

The SENCO will co-ordinate additional support for pupils with SEN and liaise with their parents, teachers and other professionals who are involved with them. The SENCO has responsibility for requesting the involvement of an Educational Psychologist and other external services particularly for children receiving support at all stages of SEN.

The SENCO works with all staff in school to try and develop effective ways of overcoming barriers to a child’s learning and ensuring that they receive effective teaching through assessing the child’s needs and setting targets for improvement.

At all stages of SEN, a SENCO will work with the teacher to consider the child’s needs, and will take the lead role in getting further assessment of a child where necessary.

At Hoyland Common Primary School the key responsibilities of the SENCO include:

  • overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
  • coordinating provision for children with special educational needs
  • liaising with and advising fellow teachers
  • managing learning support assistants
  • overseeing the records of all children with special educational needs
  • liaising with parents of children with special educational needs
  • contributing to the in-service training of staff
  • liaising with external agencies


6DB719B445Mrs Davies – Learning Mentor

The learning mentors role at Hoyland Common Primary School is to support, motivate and challenge pupils who are underachieving. They help pupils overcome barriers to learning caused by social, emotional and behavioral problems.

Learning mentors need good listening skills and an understanding of health and social issues that affect children and young people’s development. The learning mentor mainly work with children who experience ‘barriers to learning’, including, under-performance against potential, poor attendance, disaffection, danger of exclusion, difficult family circumstances and low self-esteem.

Day-to-day tasks include:

  • identifying, in association with school staff, pupils who would benefit from mentoring
  • liaising with parents and carers to promote a mutually respectful relationship with a school
  • helping pupils who are not accessing learning often on a one-to-one basis outside the classroom
  • implementing strategies and supporting pupils in confidence-building activities
  • listening to and helping pupils resolve a range of issues that are creating barriers to learning
  • drawing up agreed action plans with pupils
  • Work closely and engage parents, either on a one to one basis or as part of family activities.
  • monitoring attendance of pupils, and working closely with teachers and other professionals, such as social workers, educational psychologists, education welfare officers and leading on the Common assessment framework process
  • School council

AndyHardyMr Hardy – Play and Sport Leader

The Play and Sport Leader at Hoyland Common Primary School coordinates the delivery of a wide range of play and sport activities; the delivery of high quality PE and school sport, and to increase sporting opportunities for pupils throughout school and out of school hours, co-ordinate and develop after school activities, Improve the quality and quantity of sport and inter-school competition. To give opportunities for pupils to try more diverse sporting activities. To develop, deploy and support young people as coaches, leaders and officials. To take part and organise a multi-school sport program inclusive of all young people.

Day-to-day tasks include:

  • Delivery of play and sport events at breaks, lunchtimes and out of school
  • Organisation of competitive inter and intra School Sport
  • Delivery of high quality PE lessons


Our Play Leaders support children in activities at all break times. They work in 2 teams on a rota basis.  They supervise play equipment and lead in playground games such as skipping, stilt walking and bouncy hoppers with the aim of encouraging team games,  co-operation and sharing.