Vision, Mission and Leadership Team

Our Vision: We value the power of education to change lives.

    Our Mission:
    To provide an academically stimulating environment where sixth form students are encouraged to aspire to the highest levels of achievement within a nurturing environment whilst enabling them to prepare for adult life.
    Through our Sixth Form teaching promote exam success and help students become independent thinkers and learners.
    To deliver highly effective tutorial support and guidance where aspirational targets are reinforced through coaching, assertive intervention and rigorous monitoring.
    Stimulate a friendly, supportive and mature atmosphere where high expectations are set and mutual respect is shared.

    We desire for all of our students to ‘be remarkable’ in their studies and in their adult lives.

    Our Leadership Team:

    Lisa Swan is the Head of Sixth Form and her role is:

    • Driving the Sixth Form vision and mission.
    • Recruiting students into the Sixth Form and securing effective transition.
    • Pastoral care, support and guidance for students in Year 12 and 13.
    • Undertaking intervention work with students, setting action plans, with aspirational targets.
    • Developing Learning and Teaching and promoting independent learning.
    • Supporting student pathways post Sixth Form, preparing them for adult life.

    Miss Swan graduated with a BEd (Hons) degree in Physical Education and Science from Plymouth University. She has taught students across the whole age and ability range including GCSE, A Level and BTEC qualifications. She has spent the last ten years working closely with Sixth Form students as the Head of Sixth Form focusing on transition, intervention and embedding effective study skills. She is also a Lead Practitioner for Learning and Teaching and has been working closely with all staff, exploring best practice across the school. She has recently undertaken an AS Level in Biology allowing her to experience the academic rigour and commitment required to study a contemporary A Level. She has organised educational trips, allowing students to explore and challenge their own personal boundaries in countries such as: Madagascar; Vietnam; Cambodia and Borneo.

    Briony McLaren is the Head of Year 12 and her role is:

    • Supporting and nurturing the successful transition into the Sixth Form.
    • Providing pastoral care, guidance and support for Year 12 students.
    • Tracking academic progress, triggering intervention and support.
    • Academic coaching and developing students independent learning and revision skills.
    • Supporting the investigation of future career, apprenticeship and university pathways.

    Ruth Harrison is Head of Year 13 and her role is:

    • Supporting and nurturing the successful transition into Year 13.
    • Providing pastoral care, guidance and support for Year 13 students.
    • Tracking academic progress, triggering intervention and support.
    • Academic coaching and developing students examination techniques in preparation for the final exams.
    • Supporting the University application process and alternative programmes.

    Miss Harrison graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Combined Studies (Psychology with Sociology) from the University of Leicester in 2002. She has been teaching for 12 years having gained a PGCE in Social Science and Humanities from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her skills include extensive experience of the UCAS process as well as setting up and monitoring mentoring groups; particularly self-efficacy groups and restorative mentoring. Since graduating, she has taught Social Science and Humanities based subjects across all key stages, including GCSE, A Level and Level 3 BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications, and her specialism is Psychology. Miss Harrison’s previous managerial roles have included being a lead practitioner of Behaviour for Learning across all secondary key stages and has also been an examiner for Psychology examination boards.

    Jenny Chalmers is Lead Teacher for Sixth Form Performance and her role is:

    • Managing the University application process (UCAS).
    • Supporting students with their course choices and personal statements.
    • Checking student applications.
    • Writing references.
    • Liaising with Universities and supporting students with UCAS adjustment and clearing.
    • Student voice groups

    Mrs Chalmers graduated with a BSc degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton. She started her degree as a mature student after spending several years working in Business Management in London. She has also worked as a counsellor and member of a support network for people with neurological disorders; developing cognitive techniques to support independence. She has a wealth of experience working with young adults, including: mentoring, organising trips, progress tracking and target setting, whilst maintaining a pastoral role. She was previously Assistant Head of Sixth Form at Highcliffe School before taking on the challenge of her current role; supporting student’s progression to Higher Education.

    Faye Larose is the Sixth Form Study Mentor and her role is:

    • Maintaining a positive and motivational working environment in the Study Centre.
    • Working with students on a one-to-one basis to improve their study skills.
    • Supporting students with any academic issues.
    • Monitoring attendance to encourage students to become involved with their studies.
    • Supervising the Sixth Form Mentors in our new SmartCliffe Sixth Form mentoring scheme.

    Miss Larose recently graduated from the University of Winchester with a First Class BA (Hons) English and English Language degree. She is undertaking a new role this year as the Sixth Form Study Mentor and is here to support students throughout their academic progression. Whilst at university she worked as a student mentor, meaning that she is experienced and understands the importance of academic development and achievement and can adjust to a student’s individual requirements. Furthermore, also at university she worked as a Student Ambassador, which gives her good insight to personal statement writing and the UCAS application process. Her main aim is to create students that are independent and dynamic learners who will progress from Sixth Form to be informed individuals. Throughout the academic year she will personally work with the students and is looking forward to getting to know them throughout their academic journey.

    Alison Bower is a Part-Time Sixth Form Administrator and her role is:

    • Checking University applications and references
    • Work experience
    • Trips, Visits and Student events
    • Profile and Progress check reviews
    • General Sixth Form administration

    Mrs Bower joined Highcliffe School 13 years ago, starting in Student Support before moving into the Sixth Form support team. Her administration role includes Profile and Progress Check reviews and extensive involvement with UCAS, checking all applications and references, and keeping an audit of students, their accepted courses and grades required. Mrs Bower’s other critical role coordinates all administration for our enrichment activities such as trips, visits and student events.

    Vanessa Jeavons is a Sixth Form Administrator and her role is:

    • Admissions into the Sixth Form.
    • Supporting attendance monitoring
    • 16-19 Bursary
    • Alumni and Destinations
    • General Sixth form administration

    Mrs Jeavons has been working at Highcliffe School for 4 years and has been working in the Sixth Form Department for 18 months. She is a friendly person and enjoys her work in the Sixth Form helping the students if they need any advice, and would encourage students to come to the star room if they need to talk to anyone. Mrs Jeavons deals with the admissions into the Sixth Form and also supporting attendance monitoring amongst various other jobs. She has worked in an Administrative role since leaving school and has worked with a range of different ages.

    Andrei Gheorghe and Megan Kydd-Coutts: Head Boy and Head Girl









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Vision, Mission and Leadership Team


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