Dedicated Support Staff - Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools

Dedicated Support Staff

Lead Learner – Whole School Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Mr Barnsdale is in charge of supporting you in your pathway after leaving Sixth Form. Though the majority of our students will attend university, helping students who are applying for jobs and apprenticeships is also an integral part of IAG guidance. Mr Barnsdale will help support you in deciding what you wish to do when you leave Sixth Form; you will be given personalised support with the UCAS process and your application. If you wish to apply for Oxbridge, or a medical related course, you will be placed on a special programme to help you. All students will be proactively supported to engage with IAG activities throughout their tenure at our Sixth Form, including support with visiting at least one university. There will be a number of university, employment and apprenticeship guests who come to the Sixth Form to advise our students. Mr Barnsdale will also support you in finding and arranging relevant work experience opportunities and intern positions.


Student Achievement Co-ordinator

Mrs Leonida works closely with students to ensure good attendance, attitude to work and student achievement. Meeting with parents, external organisations and subject teachers, Mrs Leonida will co-ordinate each student’s learning to ensure they attain the very best grades. Each student’s progress will be assessed throughout the year and results will be sent home. Facilitating learning is one of the cornerstones of our institution.


 Academic mentors

Our Academic Mentors support students in their learning and are based within the 6th form study area. The mentors play a key in monitoring student achievement and ensuring that each student has the opportunity to receive personalised support- both academic and pastoral- if needed.



The Chaplain will be there to support your spiritual and reflective needs. Mr Hanlon organises retreats and opportunities for reflection. He will also give students the chance to act as spiritual leaders and take an active role in delivering prayer within the college. Mr Hanlon will counsel and guide your spiritual journey throughout your time at Bishop Challoner 6th Form.


 Subject Tutors

There are times when some students may need additional support in a subject. If needed, we can provide fully qualified subject tutors to give additional lessons outside of class time to assist students in improving their grades.