For over eight years, ‘East To West’ have been an integral part of the Bishop Wand approach based around pastoral care and support. This impressive system enables a highly dedicated team to work closely together to support pupils who are facing a wide variety of possible problems and difficulties. Team members include Dawn Keough, East to West Relational Support Manager (below), Val O’Keeffe, Inclusion Manager, Chaplain, Mrs M Ratnayake and all members of the renowned Learning Support unit at the school. This approach has consistently led to drastically reduced exclusions; virtually no permanent exclusions (PEXs) and only one pupil recently placed at a Pupil Referral Unit. Of course, such an approach requires a lot of admirable commitment from the school and the Governing Body, but what an encouraging outcome for the young people facing such personal challenges. ‘Centre of Excellence’ springs to mind!