Head of Sixth
Curriculum and Pastoral Guidance, management and advice.
Jessica is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, where she studied Modern European Languages (French and Spanish). She completed a PGCE (MFL) at the University of Oxford and joined Parkside Sixth in September 2013. She has worked with the 16-19 age group for a number of years in the capacity of Head of Department (IEC), IB Spanish teacher, EE supervisor in French and Spanish and TOK teacher. Prior to training as a teacher, Jessica worked in a translation firm.
As part of her Leadership role at Parkside Sixth, Jessica’s remit is to ensure the success and wellbeing of all students at Parkside Sixth, and will regularly meet with groups of students to discuss these areas.
Parkside Sixth team
The team also includes:
This person manages the Core aspects of the IB Diploma Programme, and is the member of staff who has oversight of the progress of IBDP students in these areas.
|Hannah Holt: joined Parkside as an English teacher in 2014. She has worked with the 16-19 age group for a number of years in the capacity of IB English teacher, EE Supervisor, UCAS Advisor and Year 12 Learning Mentor. Hannah’s role at Parkside Sixth as IBDP coordinator involves overseeing the IB diploma programme and the progress made by all IB diploma students. Hannah is also responsible for overseeing the Core elements on the IB Diploma Programme: Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and the Creativity, Activity, Service project (CAS).|
This person has oversight of the core aspects of the IB Careers Programme and ensures all IBCP students are meeting the requirements for their different courses. The IBCP coordinator also has responsibility as the BTEC coordinator for Parkside Sixth.
|Danielle Rooney: Danielle joined Parkside as a Health and Social Care and Business Studies teacher in January 2018, having previously worked at two other local schools. She originally trained at St Mary’s University College Belfast with a BEd Hons Degree in Business and ICT and continues to study part-time at St Mary’s completing her Master’s level qualification `Leadership in Education`. Having previously been Head of Year 11 she enjoys both the pastoral and academic side of teaching.Her role at Parkside Sixth as IBCP/BTEC co-coordinator involves overseeing BTEC Level 2 Health and Social Care, Level 3 Business Studies, Health and Social Care and Sport as well as the Core elements on the IB Career-related Programme (Personal and Professional Skills, Service Learning, Language Development and Reflective Project).|
Your teachers will run your weekly lessons, but are also available for extra support via email, clubs and drop-in sessions.
Your Learning Mentor will meet with you regularly to discuss your progress. They will support you in completing the CAS programme and monitor your achievement in your lessons. Your Learning Mentor will also support you with your employment and Higher Education applications.
The Parkside Sixth Admin team offer day-to-day administrative support and guidance. They are always available to answer any questions you might have.
|Jo Cesaro Sixth Form Administrator
Jo provides a customer focussed administrative and reception service to all users and visitors to the Sixth Form. She has worked in education for over fifteen years, providing support and assist with a variety or request / issues, updating student files, and working closely with the Attendance Officer. As our Sixth Form Event Coordinator Jo enjoys helping students to fundraise for our Year 13s Proms and various causes.
Jo is a qualified ‘Designated Person for Child Protection’ and a First Aider for the Sixth Form.
|Holly Walker Sixth Form Student Support Administrator
She supports students with any pastoral and mental health needs, assisting Jess in caring for the wellbeing and safeguarding of all students at Parkside Sixth. Holly also supports students with their progression by supporting them through the UCAS process and answering any questions they may have about their futures including university, apprenticeships and other paths. She has a BSc in Psychology, and is a qualified ‘Designated Person for Child Protection’ and first aider for the Sixth Form.
In her spare time, Holly likes to bake, and occasionally uses this hobby to help fundraise for various causes.