The St Mary's Pastoral Team
At St Mary’s we aim to provide the highest quality pastoral support throughout the school. We work to support pupils at St Mary’s to achieve their best, educationally, socially and emotionally.
Our Pastoral Support team is made up of:
Mrs Ternan (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator – SENCo),
Mrs Robinson (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants - ELSA)
Mrs Hardwick (Family support worker and FEIPs practitioner)
The aims of pastoral support at St Mary’s:
- To provide support that meets the differing needs of all children so that each child is equipped with the skills to cope with life.
- To support children to address social, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs.
- To maintain an atmosphere in which children feel secure, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development and know that they are valued within a healthy and safe environment.
- To reassure parents/carers their children are being educated in a safe and nurturing environment.
- To encourage pupils to recognise and reflect upon our core values (Community, Pride and Joy).
- To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the continuity and progress of individual pupils.
The role of the Pastoral Support Team:
- To support and work alongside parents in addressing pastoral concerns impacting on their child’s learning and development.
- To work with staff in ensuring good pupil support and build upon the caring and respectful relationships that exist between staff, pupils and families.
- To provide support for individual children; listening and talking to children who may need support in a variety of pastoral issues, for example, self-esteem and confidence, bereavement, managing feelings, anxieties/worries, separation and developing social and friendships skills.
- Responding to situations as they arise within school.
- Meeting with parents/carers to discuss issues relating to their child.
- To ‘signpost’ families to outside services for appropriate provision and support.
- Pupils – any child in the school can ask to speak to our any adult in our Pastoral Team if they have a problem or a worry at school or at home. They can do this by either approaching the team or by asking a member of staff. A suitable time will then be arranged to meet.
- Parents/carers – if you have a pastoral concern regarding your child then you can phone the school, speak to your child’s class teacher or make an appointment to see Mrs Ternan via the school office. Please call the School office on 02392 583979