School Colleges

The College structure at Herne Bay High School breaks down what might be felt as a large school, particularly by younger children, into five mini-schools of around 260 students, each of which has its own Head of College, College Manager and mentoring team.

The five Colleges are named after Greek letters namely Delta, Epsilon, Omega, Sigma and Theta; with each College having its own Head of College, College Manager, Mentor Team, logo and coloured tie.

Through the College approach students develop an enhanced sense of ownership and belonging to their 'mini-school' as well as their 'larger' school and as a result they feel that they can enjoy and achieve in a safe, supportive atmosphere through which they will be challenged to make a positive contribution to their mentor group, their College, the wider school and their local, national and global communities.

Each of the five Colleges consist of twelve mixed age mentor groups with Year 7s and Year 8s being mentored together, Year 9s and Year 10s being mentored together and Year 11 having their own discrete mentor groups.

The mixed age, mentoring structure has proved extremely successful and popular and there is clear evidence that the students feel happier, safer and more supported in this set up, furthermore parents have also recounted their belief in this approach as a means of supporting their children more effectively.

The school sees the College approach as a springboard to even greater achievements and innovations in the future, all of which will continue to be focused on helping the school’s young people to achieve to their full potential in a challenging and supportive environment.

Mentors and College Managers
The student’s mentor and their College Manager play pivotal roles in liaising between school and home, monitoring progress and supporting individual student needs, and parents are actively encouraged to develop open and trusting relationships with these key people in order that each child’s experience of school is enriched.
The College Managers are highly experienced, non-teaching professionals whose role it is to support the young people within their College and be contactable by parents throughout the school day (see contact details below).

College

College Support Officer

Telephone Number

Delta

Mrs L Bailey

01227 289458

Epsilon

Mrs S Church

01227 289421

Omega

Mrs L Sparks

01227 289420

Sigma

Mrs G Verge

01227 289446

Theta

Mrs T Shaw

01227 289457