Miss Richardson, Pastoral Manager, Years 7 and 8
Miss Richardson has worked at Harris Academy Ockendon since 2019 in the role of Pastoral Manager.
Her career began in the Prison Service, working as a Prison Officer. She then went onto work for a secure training centre in Kent, where she became an Enrichment Officer, working with young offenders. Part of her role involved delivering youth work projects, and Physical Education sessions.
In 2015 she joined a prison education provider where she was instrumental in setting up a number of successful courses. Following this Miss Richardson starting work at South Essex College as a Support Worker before joining Harris Academy Ockendon.
In her role as Pastoral Manager Miss Richardson supports students in years 7 and 8, alongside their achievement leaders Miss Barr and Mr Moreland. She has a passion to ensure that her students have the best experience of school they can, to achieve well and enjoy being the best they can be.
Throughout her career she has gained a wide range of qualifications in topics such as education, leadership and management, first aid, mental health, behaviour, working with children with learning difficulties, autism, prevent and safeguarding.
Mrs Brown, Pastoral Manager, Years 8 and 9
Mrs Brown used to live in East London moving to South Ockendon 33 years ago. She began work as a youth worker, remaining in this role for 17 years, then moving on to work in a pupil referral unit before joining what was then The Ockendon School in 1998.
She had developed a passion for working with young people and used her skills and expertise to support students and parents as a Support Worker at the school, which she continues to do to this day as part of the Harris Federation, gaining a range of qualifications in areas such as safeguarding and stress management.
Within her role as Pastoral Manager, Mrs Brown supports students in Years 8 and 9, alongside their achievement leaders Mr Moreland and Mr Mutch. She works with external agencies where required, always maintaining a friendly but professional approach. Mrs Brown supports students in areas such as attendance, behaviour, and safeguarding, and helping them achieve positive outcomes as they progress through the academy. She provides encouragement and motivation, allowing students to develop a firm sense of self belief.
Mrs Brown’s high aim for the academy is for every student to leave with good grades and good social and interactive skills to allow them to reach their goals in life.
Miss Driscoll, Pastoral Manager, Year 10
Miss Driscoll has worked at Harris Academy Ockendon since 2004, known then as The Ockendon School, then The Ockendon Academy. She grew up in the local area, attending Grays Convent secondary school.
Miss Driscoll started her career in Education by becoming an Assessor and Internal Verifier for General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQ) within the workplace and with young people. She then moved into a school setting where she gained a wide range of qualifications in areas such as Behaviour, Mental Health, First Aid, Safeguarding and Prevent, as well as Counselling.
Within her role of Pastoral Manager Miss Driscoll supports year 10, alongside their achievement leader, Mr Cogger. She is also a key part of the Safeguarding Team within the Academy.
Miss Driscoll is committed to serving the local community. Her professionalism and experience over the years has enabled her to build positive relationships with students, families and external agencies.
Mrs Howard, Pastoral Manager, Year 11
Mrs Howard studied at The Ockendon Academy, Palmers College and is currently studying through the Open University towards a BA in English Language and Literature.
Her role within the academy is as a Pastoral Manager, currently supporting year 11 students, alongside their Achievement Leader Mr Mann, and Vice Principal Mr Docherty.
As part of the Pastoral team she contributes to the development, planning and implementation of strategies such as attendance, safeguarding, and behaviour management, with a specific personal interest in supporting student’s emotional wellbeing. She is committed to encouraging the physical, intellectual and emotional development of her students to encourage and aid them to achieve their full potential.
Mrs Howard actively upholds the Academy’s values of ambition, discipline and honesty, promoting the mission of ‘Enjoying being the best you can be’ whilst encouraging a ‘can do attitude’ amongst the students.
As a Pastoral manager she has expert knowledge and training in safeguarding and child protection guidance and policies, and ensures these are implemented and followed at all times.
She develops and maintains links within the community outside school, ensuring professional relationships are formed with other agencies where needed, whilst also promoting partnership with parents and carers in order to support the students in their school journey.
Mrs Howard works hard to build positive trusting relationships with students in her year group, doing this with professionalism and plenty of humour!
Miss Janganant, Pastoral Manager, Years 12 and 13
Miss Janganant has worked in education for over 7 years supporting sixth form students and coaching students in years 10 and 11 to inspire, motivate and achieve their goals.
Coming from a long and successful career in the Business Banking and Finance sector, she made the transition into education and won an Education Award in her first year. Following this she undertook a Diploma in Education and Training and taught Finance to sixth form students for over three years.
In her role as Pastoral Manager Miss Janganant supports students in the Sixth Form, in both years 12 and 13, alongside their achievement leader Mr Patel. As part of the Sixth Form team, she manages attendance, supervises study periods, helps with UCAS applications and CVs, arranges and delivers sixth form enrichment and focuses on pastoral issues and wellbeing.
Miss Janganant is also the academy co-ordinator for the ‘Make Happen’ programme, the Mindfulness in Schools lead, and delivers a ‘Life after Lockdown’ Programme to small groups of KS3 students, which equips them with tools and techniques to handle the effects of Lockdown.
Miss Janganant has a keen interest in mindfulness and emotional wellbeing and has practised mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years, including teaching this at an adult college in her spare time. She has trained with the Mindfulness in School Project (MiSP) and is qualified to deliver their signature Mindfulness Programmes to students aged 11-18.
Her love of teaching and training combined with her passion for continued learning, and interests in meditation and mindfulness have enabled her to empower others and show how the benefits of having a mindful practice can really bring a sense of calm and peace to one’s life.