Welfare Team

Jane Berridge – Guidance Manager

For all kinds of reasons life can, at times, be very stressful. When personal issues and worries make it difficult to concentrate and cope with school, or your personal life, pupils may need some help.

Jane Berridge is the Guidance Manager and works with, supports and monitors any pupils with personal, social, emotional or mental health issues that are affecting their access to education. Jane has 9 years experience at Kings’, holds a counselling skills qualification, and can offer individual support to give pupils an opportunity to share problems, fears and worries, help them to learn to cope and ensure they get the best out of school life.

Jane is also one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and liaises with parents and other professionals where appropriate.


Alana Sketcher –  Pupil & Family Support Worker

Alana has worked with vulnerable young people between the ages of 5 and 18 for 6 years. This has been in both an academic environment working with children in key stage 2 who have found school challenging and young people who have offended and also, as a youth engagement officer in a creative environment.  Alana understands how hard it can be for a young person in crisis and the demands of being a parent. She is a warm and friendly member of staff, here to support parents and young people.  In her spare time, Miss Sketcher, likes going to the theatre.



Derek Nichols – Pastoral Support Worker

Derek is a member of the Welfare Team, and has been a Learning Support Assistant at Kings’ School, since March 2014.  He also helps with ‘College Liaison’ – helping pupils in Year 9 who wish to go on ‘Day-Release’ courses at Sparsholt and Eastleigh Colleges, during Years 10 and 11.

He has three children – all of whom were all pupils at this school.

In his last job Mr Nichols worked across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight –

where he spent time helping to sort out people’s difficulties, upsets and grievances.

Often heard to say – “So, who’s upset YOU today?!”

Out of school he enjoys running, cycling, walking his dogs,

and supporting the ‘Super-Saints’ home AND away – Come On You Reds!


Kath Laing – Pastoral Support Worker

Mrs Laing has been with pupil support since March 2014.  She works Monday to Thursday and can be found either in a classroom or the welfare office.

Mrs Laing sees many students, either on a one to one basis or as part of a group if we find several pupils have the same kind of worry.

Outside school, she loves watching Rugby Union, but particularly the Welsh team! She also enjoys spending time with her family and their black Labrador.