Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Pastoral Active Support Team

We understand that each of our young people will encounter academic, social, emotional and developmental challenges throughout their school career which require different styles of support to overcome these challenges to becoming happy and successful young people. Therefore, we want to do everything we can to help them overcome whatever life throws their way and to look back on it as a useful experience. For this purpose, we have set up a comprehensive pastoral care system, designed to support students in all aspects of school life. Mr Dixon (Assistant Principal: Safeguarding and Welfare) and Mr Pickering (Pastoral Manager) lead our Pastoral Active Support Team and are best placed to identify and support young people who need their expertise, built up over many years of working with young people, as well as collaborating with teachers, parents, the community and external organisations to achieve best outcomes for our young people.

These include:

  • Building positive relationships with peers
  • Identifying and supporting young people struggling with their emotional wellbeing and/or short, medium and long term mental health challenges
  • Solution focused working with students to remove actual/perceived barriers to accessing their education fully
  • Recognising, reinforcing and rewarding positive behaviour
  • Recognising, reinforcing and rewarding attendance and punctuality
  • Partnerships with external organisations for those more challenging problems

We know that the most effective learners are happy learners. Therefore, upon starting at Leesbrook and from the start of your child's journey with us through to the end of their time in our home, we aim to make sure they feel supported, encouraged and motivated to learn.

We want our halls and corridors to feel like a home-from-home for your children. Our Academy is a family - thriving with healthy relationships and positive influences. Our class teachers and Family Leaders (form tutors) take the time to get to know each of their students, finding out what your child is interested in, where their aspirations lie and what hopes they have for their year.  This sustained effort to build relationships allows our students and teachers to have an excellent rapport and positive regard for each other. 

By having a growing house system in place, we encourage our young people to get to know each other across all year groups. We have a dedicated and inspirational student lead leadership team consisting of out Student Principals, Student Deputy Principals and Student Council for those who want that extra support from their peers. Our communal dining area allows for that all important social integration - especially during family dining.

Pastoral Active Support Team

Meet the team

Gavin Dixon -  Assistant Principal: Safeguarding and Welfare




Mike Pickering - Pastoral Manager




Bryn Evans and Laura Swaffer - Pastoral Intervention Leads

Nicola Robinson - Student Support Worker





Matthew Harris - Community Project / Family Support Worker

Back to School after Lockdown

Click here to download the brochure.

Links to further info and local/national support

Kooth, Childline, NHS Health Young Minds, TOGMind, Positive Steps, Mind, YoungMinds, Samaritans, MAHDLO, NSPCC, MASH, Police, Housing

Parent Resilience Transition Courses

Socials & Latest News

Latest News


Mr Pickering - Pastoral Manager, is the named E-Safety Officer at Oasis Leesbrook.  For more info, click here.

Children's Mental Health Week / Mental Health Awareness Week

Click here for resources on Children's Mental Health.

Click here for resources on Mental Health Awareness Week.

Click here for resources on Mindfulness.

Pastoral Active Support
All students are tiered based on the level of support they currently require.  This is regularly reviewed.  All students have access to some form of Pastoral Support. PAST Grab Bags to be added to website.

Anti-Bullying Team 
Please view our Anti-Bullying policy here.

Eating Disorders
Click here for resources on Eating Disorders.

Oldham Local Authority manage our admissions process. If you wish to submit an In Year Transfer, you can download the form here and once you receive notification that your child has been allocated a place at Oasis Leesbrook, please make contact with the Main Reception Desk on 0161 290 4000.  Our reception team will be able to assist you with arranging an admission meeting with Mr Pickering and will inform you of what documentation is required for the meeting to take place. 

Oasis Community Hub
Click here to find out more about our Community work.

Trust Policies
Click here to see our Trust policies