What is PDC?

PDC stands for Personal Development Centre and is a centre staffed fulltime by a team of non- teaching staff that have many years of combined experience working with young people and providing academic and emotional support in a variety of ways. The role of each staff member is to help provide pastoral support and practical support alongside sanctions and behaviour management. PDC always work in close partnership with teachers and the executive ELT team, parents, carers and specialist agencies. PDC is always the first point of contact for parents/carers regarding any concerns or issues.

What are the aims of the service?

Our aim is to identify and any concerns or issues at the earliest possible opportunity and remove any

barriers to learning which may be prevent students from reaching their potential. We pride ourselves in knowing our young people well and work alongside the teaching staff and HPL’s to develop positive relationships with them and their families.

The Pastoral Support Team at WHS commonly offers help and support in the following:

  • Responding quickly as possible to any issues and ensure that difficulties are discussed and resolved in the best possible way.
  • Behaviour support and management
  • Emotional help and guidance
  • Academic support
  • Restorative Approaches
  • Peer mediation
  • Links to specialist external agencies when needed
  • Motivational groups
  • Implementation of behaviour sanctions
  • Investigating incidents
  • Meetings with parents and external agencies
  • Contributions at WHS meetings as required


Wellfield Academy PDC Team

Mr Barnish

Student Support and Intervention Manager Year 7 Pastoral & Behaviour Manager

Miss Butler

Pastoral and Behaviour Manager - Year 8 & 9 Pastoral & Behaviour Manager

Mrs Rutherford 

Pastoral and Behaviour Manager – CAIEG and Aspirations Manager - Year 10 & 11 Pastoral & Behaviour Manager

Miss Reed

Attendance Officer

Miss Hogarth

Pastoral & Admin Support - Detentions

Mrs Dawson

Family Support Worker & Safeguarding Manager