Student Health and Wellbeing

We take the health and wellbeing of our students very seriously and aim to provide the very best in pastoral care. All staff are trained in safeguarding and form tutors, pastoral leaders and the learning support and SEN teams really focus on the health and wellbeing of all our young people, as well as their academic progress. In addition, we have dedicated posts such as the Student Support and Family Liaison Officer, who supports students and families,  and the  Healthcare and Student Support Assistant who deals with all the first aid and health and wellbeing issues presented by students. Mental health is very much at the fore at the moment. Pastoral leaders have excellent experience in this field, we have trained mental health first aiders and we also have a trained counsellor on site.  Below you can find out more information about some of the key staff.


Liz Armitage / Student Support and Family Liaison

I am Liz, married mum of a teenager. I have two dogs and a love of wellbeing (this usually includes cooking/baking and feeding people).

I initially trained as a nursery nurse, working for 12 years in schools and on the Special Care Baby Unit.

I then joined the police, working mainly with victims and families as well as being Crisis/Hostage and Kidnap trained. I was a Detective Sergeant investigating serious crime. This led me to having a special interest in the mental wellbeing of young people.

My role at Crossley Heath School is split between the Pastoral department and the SEN department – supporting students and families in order that our young people achieve their very best – not only academically but as a whole person.


Emily Griggs / KS3 Pastoral Lead

My name is Emily Griggs and I am a KS3 Pastoral Leader working with Y7 and Y8 and am part of the Well Being Team. I have worked at Crossley Heath for the past 7 years. I have worked in various roles within the pastoral team and I also deliver PSCHE lessons to the year 7 cohort.

I am passionate about providing support and wellbeing at Crossley’s both supporting our students academically as well as supporting their social and emotional development. I believe every child should feel safe and happy in school, and it is my role to provide our students with opportunities, experiences, knowledge, care and support to achieve this.

In my spare time I love spending time with my 3 children and granddaughter, going on family days out and making treasured memories for them.


Mr N O’Connor / KS4 Pastoral Lead

I’ve been at Crossley Heath now for 9 years and love every minute of my time here. As an ex-student,  I’m immensely proud of the building, the staff and the students.

My main role is that of KS4 Pastoral leader, essentially looking after the needs of year 9, 10 & 11 students. These needs differ significantly as every day is different to the last. From meeting parents, carers, students and external services to sitting with colleagues from other schools planning the best way forward. Attendance, punctuality and uniform is one constant we try to improve and the well- being of all the students is at the heart of everything we do.

Alongside a wealth of experience working with young people I am also mental health trained to instructor level by MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) England and use these skills in my day to day dealings with students.

A father of two and passionate about sport,   I also help look after the rugby at school across all year groups.


Jane Rudman / KS5 Pastoral Leader

Hello, my name is Jane Rudman and I am Pastoral Leader for KS5. I have been working with children and young people for over 40 years. Before I started at Crossley Heath I was managing youth work projects across West Yorkshire delivering a range of services through a mobile information advice and guidance service, a detached project working with dis-engaged young people and centre based work. My professional qualifications are DIP HE Youth and Community Development, DIP HE management Studies and a DIP HE Connexions Personal Advisor.

I am a mum of two, I have 5 Grandchildren with another on the way and I have worked at Crossley Heath for 9 years. My role is to support our students in any area of their life either in or out of school that affects them personally, socially or emotionally. More often than not issues affect attendance rates, sometimes there are changed behaviours and students can struggle with the demands of their A levels as a result.

I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I look forward to working with you.


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