Coalway Junior School

Pastoral Support Team

Welcome to the Pastoral Support section of the school website, which we hope will be useful for all members of the school community. Within this section, you will find more information about the Pastoral team, the services provided in school and additional support services that you can access. Please click on the relevant tab for further information. 

Who are the Pastoral Support Team and what do they do?

The Pastoral Support Team is currently made up of three members of staff- Mrs Dixon, Stella and Katie. There are staff available every day during school hours and the team all work on a part-time basis.  

The Pastoral Team are based in the Pastoral Unit, which is made up of an office, a small intervention room and larger room for group work and parent sessions. The space has been designed to provide children and their families with a safe and comfortable place to talk about any worries or issues that they may be facing.

The Pastoral team work closely with all members of school staff, liaising regularly with class teachers and teaching assistants to provide support as needed.


Mrs Dixon – Pastoral Lead

Hi, my name is Mrs Dixon and I have been working at Coalway Junior School for around fourteen years. I am a qualified teacher, having spent much of my time teaching in Year 5 (although have taught in all year groups) and I am the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo). I am part of the school’s Senior Leadership Team. I have recently joined the Pastoral Team as Pastoral Lead and I oversee the day-to-day running of the Pastoral Team. This includes completing work around attendance, timetabling support for our children and making referrals to other agencies for their help. I am also a point of contact for children with medical needs and children in care. 
Over my time in teaching, I have been Computing Lead and so have a keen interest in Online Safety and work closely with our Computing lead. I have also received training around ‘sleep’ and recognise the importance of sleep on a child’s physical and emotional development. I am currently working with GHLL and Active Gloucestershire to become a wellbeing ambassador. I feel very lucky to be part of this fantastic team!


Stella Kandinsky – Pupil Counsellor

Hi, I am Stella. I have worked at Coalway Junior School for the past twelve years. Prior to this, I worked in a number of primary schools and was based at Lydney C of E as a student counsellor. 
I have spent all my working life working with children ranging from birth to eleven years of age. 
I have worked in a Mother and Baby home, a day Nursery, A Nursery School for twelve years, which I loved. I have worked in Infant and Junior schools and have been a volunteer for Young carers. I have always been passionate about providing a nurturing role for all children and providing a safe non-judgmental space for listening to children. I have learnt over the years that even a seemingly small concern to an adult may be very worrying to a child. I am a trained counsellor and hold an advanced Diploma in Therapeutic counselling. I have also completed relevant training from Winston’s Wish to enable me to support children and families through bereavement. I am lucky enough to work in a great Pastoral team who are all passionate about supporting the children and families that come to Coalway Juniors. I am always available to talk to should you or your child need some support or signposting to other agencies. 


Katie Wood – Mental Health Lead

I’m Katie, I’ve worked at Coalway Junior School for the last two years.  Before working at Coalway Junior School, I’ve had numerous other roles including teaching at schools in Surrey, working within the Early Help service for Herefordshire Council and working outdoors at PGL.
I’m passionate about trying to ensure all children have a positive start in life and I like to help families access support to help them overcome challenges that they may face.  I have a particular interest in promoting positive mental health for all and I have developed my knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse and the impact that it can have on children and families so that I can support victims of domestic abuse.   I’ve lived in the Forest of Dean for 5 years but I was born on the Wirral so I’m a big fan of Liverpool football club.  My main hobbies are cake tasting and running.    

How can the team be contacted?


The Pastoral team can be contacted as follows:

  • By dropping into school and asking to speak to someone
  • By calling the main school phone number (01594 810271) and choosing option 2. There is an answerphone facility if the team are busy. 
  • By emailing
  • By speaking to a member of staff in your child's class