Student Support


If your child is unwell and unable to attend school you are expected to contact the school on the first morning of absence by 9am. Please ring the main number (01235 524664) and select option 2 for reporting an absence.

The Form Tutor

has the most day to day contact with students and should be the first point of contact for students or parents with any worries. Contact the Head of Year if concerns persist. For concerns about a particular subject, contact the Head of Faculty.

Students Services

When you dial the school number (01235 524664) and select 1 you are put straight through to Mrs Lee and Mrs Neale. They can help you with all the day-to-day queries you have re your child. For example, emergency dental appointments during school hours, lost property, forgotten packed lunch, illness.


We use ParenMail to send you emails/ texts reminding, advising and updating you on important events such as school trips your child is on, your child's parent/teacher evenings, school closure days etc. You can use ParentMailPMX to pay for trips, put money against your child for the Diner, check on monies spent etc.

John Mason School Uniform

JMS badged school uniform items are available from

Please find a link to the Price & Buckland ordering guide in the documents tab on the right.

Student Managers

Our Student Managers - Mrs Louise Griffin (Year 7), Mr David Lammin (Year 8 and 9), and Mrs Tracey Miles (Year 10 and 11) - do not teach and are available throughout the school day to support both students and parents with any issues that may affect their well being, progress and overall enjoyment of school. Each Student Manager is linked to certain year groups and supports the Head of Year and their tutor team. Student Managers stay with the year group throughout their time at John Mason so they really get to know and build up a good relationship with the students and parents.

Parents can contact a Student Manager regarding any concern they have as they regularly meet with the Head of Year to discuss solutions. There are a vast number of support agencies available that can be contacted and referrals made if the need arises. Student Managers also monitor attendance, punctuality and behaviour. They co-ordinate the transition process for students leaving primary school and joining John Mason school and are always available to discuss any worries or concerns parents may have regarding this.

School Counsellor

The school counsellor, Lyndsy Doyle, is a fully qualified and UKCP registered child psychotherapist. He provides regular sessions in a safe space where students can talk through any issues or problems they may have. All discussions are confidential unless child protection issues are brought into force. Students may be signposted to the service, or they may self-refer via their Head of Year or Student Manager.

School Nurse

My name is Megan Murdoch and I am the NHS School Health Nurse for John Mason School.

Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health Nurse. The aim of the School Nurse is to offer evidence based, accessible, preventative health care for children and young people.

I work closely with other professionals and school staff to support students to be both physically and emotionally healthy, make informed healthy lifestyle choices, improve physical and emotional health, and to reach their full potential.

I work Monday-Friday 9-3 during term time and appointments can be made to see you on a day that suits you best.

I hold regular ‘drop in’ school nursing sessions on Wednesday break times where no appointment is needed. You are also welcome to pop to my office to see me at any other break or lunchtime when I am in school. If I am in and available at these times, I am happy to see you. My availability is displayed on my office door.

To make an appointment you can contact me using the details below:

My contact telephone number is:

07775 112101 (text or call)

My e-mail address is:

Or: If you need to contact the school nursing team during the school holidays, you can call the School Nursing Team on: 01865 904225

The school nursing service is not an emergency service. If you or a friend are in need of immediate nursing or medical help, please contact a member of staff on site who will locate a member of staff trained in first aid. If you are off site in the case of an emergency, please call 999.

If you are in need of emergency contraception outside of the school nurses working hours, please attend your GP practice, local sexual health clinic or local pharmacy as soon as you can. Visit for further details. Emergency contraception is most effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

Examples of what your School Health Nurse can offer include:

• Someone to talk to confidentially about your health, including your physical health, emotional health, sexual health and general wellbeing or any other health related topics you might like advice, information or support with.

• Immunizations

• Advice and support about healthy choices (eg keeping safe, drugs, alcohol, quitting smoking, exercise, maintaining healthy growth/weight, dental health)

• Contraceptive advice, including emergency contraception, contraceptive pills, injections and condoms; pregnancy testing; chlamydia screening and treatment.

• Provide teaching sessions and support teachers with delivery of PSHE.

• Provide information and signpost to specialist services which may be able to support you.

If we cannot help, we will find someone who can.


The School Nursing service is confidential. This means you can discuss personal information with us and we will not discuss it with anyone else without your permission, unless we feel that you or another may be at risk of harm. If information needs to be shared we will always try to discuss this with you first so that you know why, and what will happen.

Inclusion at John Mason School

John Mason School believes that each student has personal and unique needs; they are valued, respected and equal members of the school community. Some however, may need more support than others if they are to achieve their full potential and this is recognised and planned for. We aim to provide all students with strategies for dealing with their needs in a supportive environment, and to provide meaningful access to the National Curriculum. In particular we aim to:

Ensure the school has regard for the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice as well as the Disability and Discrimination Act (DDA), ensuring that SEND students are identified early, assessed, monitored and reviewed regularly
Recognise that there is a continuum of need, which may be temporary or long-term; mild, moderate, or severe and to classify students' needs accordingly
Ensure students have full access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is relevant and differentiated, and demonstrates coherence and progression in learning to suit individual needs and abilities
Ensure that students fulfil their potential and achieve the outcomes they need for success in their adult lives
Develop a culture and practice that promotes the inclusion of students and meets their needs having a commitment to raising achievement

John Mason School has a Student Support Centre led, by an Inclusion Manager and 2 Behaviour Support TAs, to support students who may have social, emotional or behavioural needs; the centres comprises of:

Learning Zone
Seclusion Room
Interventions Room
School Health Nurse (full time)
School Counsellor Service (part time)

Peer Mentors

Valuing Ourselves and Each Other

We are a group of trained year 13 students who have been selected and are here to help and support students from the lower school. Each peer mentor is attached to a Year 7 form group in order to help with the transition from primary to secondary school. Each form will have either 2 or 3 mentors who will work with them throughout the year, in form times as well as other times (for example running activities such as anti-bullying week).

The peer mentors are available to help and support all of the lower school, not just Year 7s. Our aims as a group are to promote social well-being and help students in their move up to John Mason School.

The peer mentor service is private and confidential.

Young Carers

Young carers are children who help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol.

Their day to day responsibilities often include:

providing nursing and personal care
giving emotional support.

With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. We offer a weekly (Wednesday morning during tutor times) support drop in. This club is ran by students who are young carers with the support of staff from JMS+ (our inclusion unit). Please speak with your form tutor or Mr M Davies if you would like to know more.


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