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Pastoral Support

What does Pastoral Support mean?

At its simplest, pastoral care is the provision we at Woolpit Primary Academy make to ensure the physical and emotional welfare of pupils. It is the essential foundation upon which learning can take place.

We believe in wellbeing for everyone. Our dedicated pastoral team was created to ensure that all members of our school community could see the benefits of good mental health.

Who are our pastoral team?

What are our aims?

  • To provide support to meet the  differing needs of all children so that each child will leave Woolpit Primary Academy as respectful members of the community; inspired to learn and motivated to achieve.

  • 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 (Nurture, Resilience, Inspiration and Respect ).

  • To work with parents, support staff, outreach agencies  to ensure the continuity and progress of individual pupils.

  • To encourage pupils to be resilient young people who seek help when they need it, cope with stress effectively, have good problem solving skills and are able to manage their feelings and lives.

What are the roles of the pastoral support team?

  • To understand the needs of individual children and to support them in becoming  well-rounded individuals with healthy minds.

  • To support and work alongside parents in addressing pastoral concerns impacting on their child’s learning, emotional and social  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 specialist interventions to support 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.

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Mrs Clayton
Head Teacher


Mrs Brown
Family Support Worker

Ms Elomri
Behaviour Support Lead


Miss Bridge


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