Pastoral Care

The physical and emotional well-being of our girls is of paramount importance, and we have a team of exceptional staff who care for them at every stage of their education.

Julie Keller – Head

As Head of the School, Julie is responsible for the care of all girls placing particular importance on the well-being of each individual. Heading up the pastoral team, it is Julie’s aim for each girl to be happy and valued during her time at school, with an emphasis on a strong pastoral and academic link.



Katrina Handford-Smith – Deputy Head

Katrina manages the pastoral system at school to ensure excellent communications between school and home, and is responsible for intervention and support programmes ensuring all girls reach their full potential. She also trains and leads the Supportive Friends initiative providing girls with peer support to complement the support offered by staff throughout every stage of school.


Brenda Williams – School Nurse

As a hugely qualified consultant paediatric nurse (RGN, RSCN, BSc Child Health) nobody could be better equipped than Brenda to deal with the day-to-day needs of the girls. Having years of experience at Great Ormond Street, Brenda now supports our pastoral team in ensuring the physiological and emotional needs of the girls are met. This often includes working closely with parents and outside agencies.


Cate Harvey – Head of Educational Support

Cate is a qualified assessor with expertise in supporting young people with Dyslexia, Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Her role is to provide assistance to girls with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and offer guidance to all girls with learning and organisational skills, revision and exam techniques. As Trust Consultant Teacher for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Cate is also responsible for sharing good practice and expertise with other GDST schools.

Liz Tatham – School Counsellor

Liz works  part time providing systemic and therapeutic support as part of the pastoral team at Nottingham Girls’ High School. Her expertise lies in supporting people through emotional distress or mental health issues such as abuse, eating disorders, lack of confidence, depression, and phobias. Liz feel strongly about being able to work with girls at an early stage to address and prevent any issues before they escalate.