Student support

Newton Abbot College cares about each individual student, and strives to make them feel fulfilled, confident and happy. Pastoral care sits at the heart of student happiness and wellbeing; it is the fundamental ethos of Newton Abbot College that happy children, who feel safe and supported, learn and progress more effectively.  

Student pastoral support is delivered by four Heads of Houses and an Inclusion unit who are, crucially, non-teaching staff. This affords the College the privilege of having a dedicated pastoral support team, available at all times during the College day, to address any issues that may arise. The Safeguarding Level 3 trained Heads of Houses work with students and their families, to ensure that students are fully supported to increase their learning opportunities, maximise their outcomes and ultimately improve their life chances. 

Heads of Houses

Every student in Years 7-11 will be a member of the College’s five houses – Christie, Durrell, Lewis, Orwell and Tolkein. Each House is led by a non-teaching Head, who will have weekly contact with every student through assemblies and group / individual meetings if necessary. These Heads of Houses are available to every student, throughout every College day, to discuss any issues they might have, of any non-teaching nature. 

All of the College’s Heads of Houses are Safeguarding Level 3 trained and regard each student as an individual, they build supportive relationships with students and their families, and are both approachable and non-judgemental. Their remit is to cover aspects of students’ lives including areas such as:

  • Friendship issues;
  • Bereavement;
  • Family upheaval or change of circumstance;
  • Bullying;

Each Head of House specialises in a specific area of Student Support, but all are trained to be able to provide the right advice and support for each individual student, if and when the need arises. 


The College has a dedicated Inclusion Department that provides support to students who are struggling to access classroom learning for a variety of reasons including:

  • Medical;
  • Social;
  • Emotional.

The Inclusion Department works closely with students and their families to teach students a range of strategies for managing emotions to encourage resilience and the ultimate return to the classroom for mainstream education. The department also work closely with the College’s teaching staff to help them make students feel happy and focused in the classroom environment. 

Student Counsellor

The College also provides access to a trained counsellor, who meets with individual students on a weekly, one-to-one basis. Referrals to the student counsellor are made through Heads of Houses.

How do I contact Student Support?

Student Support are contactable through the main College switchboard on 01626 367 335 or by the College’s email address A response time of 48 hours is in place for all enquiries.  

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