Our Pastoral Support Provision

At The Heights we want everyone involved with our school to feel well supported. We believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing the individual needs of each child. We aim to build trusting and empathic relationships with all our pupils and their families.

Our Pastoral Team is made up of dedicated professionals and together they work with pupils so they can lead fulfilling and balanced lives at school and beyond.

All our staff model to students how to look after themselves and others; encouraging them to seek help, support or advice whenever they need it.

Pastoral Care underpins personal development and we know from experience that with outstanding pastoral care, students feel they belong and their self-esteem is able to flourish because they feel valued and cared for.

Supporting the pastoral needs of pupils sometimes involves working with external agencies. In these situations we ensure that a confidential, professional, non-judgemental and sensitive service is provided.

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 specialist wellbeing support to 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.

Supporting learner’s wellbeing both in and out of the classroom

Responding to situations as they arise within school.

Meeting / home visits with parents/carers to discuss issues relating to their child.

Family Support – our pastoral team works daily with families to support the child and family in the most appropriate way – our attendance team conducts daily visits to pupils if absent to school. This also allows our team to work closely with parents / carers to find the best possible way to support their child.

To ‘signpost’ families to outside services for appropriate provision and support.

Liaise with key stakeholder and external agencies such as the School Nurse, children’s social care, the police, Child Action North West to name a few.

Pastoral Support Team

Our Pastoral Team is made up of both teaching & non teaching staff, this means a member of the pastoral team is available throughout the school day to support your child.

Name Position
Miss H Morris – Assistant Headteacher – Responsible for Pastoral

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Designate CIOC Teacher

Mr R Doohan – Behaviour & Inclusion Lead (Back up DSL)

Careers Lead

Mr J Musa – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Deputy DSL)
Mrs D Race – Attendance & Family Liaison Officer
Mrs K Bullough – HLTA – Wellbeing & SEMH / Food Technology
Mrs S Freedman – Pastoral Support / TA
Miss J Lancaster – Pastoral Support / TA
Mr I Patel – Pastoral Support / TA
Mr C McInerney – Attendance Support
Miss P Birtwistle – Pastoral Support / TA

 

Our Pastoral Team works closely with the wider school staff including the SEND & Nurture Departments alongside the wider Teaching Staff.

The Pastoral Team works closely with the Personal Development Lead to tackle any trends in behaviour and any current pastoral concerns.

Our Team is trained in various aspects of pastoral care including but not limited to Mental Health First Aid (Youth) and L5 Safeguarding.

To contact a member of the pastoral team, you can do this contacting the number or email address below.

Pastoral Support Room

The Pastoral Support room is located in the main hall, this is a space for learners to come when they need time out of lesson, this can be directed by the teacher if the pupil needs to remove themselves from the situation.

This is manned by a member of the Pastoral Team each lesson and at social times allowing students a safe space to go if needed, additional on call support / pastoral support is available for those students who need additional support such as wellbeing.

For more information about the school Behaviour Policy, please refer to the

How to contact a member of the Pastoral Team

Pupils – any child in the school can ask to speak to a member of our Pastoral Support Team if they have a problem or a worry at school or at home.

Pupils can find a member of the pastoral team in the Pastoral Hub in the main hall or in the Wellbeing Office (situated near the Main office.

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 a member of our Pastoral Team.

Please call the School office on 01254 261655 or email: enquiries@theheightsfreeschool.org

“The culture and ethos of the school encourages a caring and supportive environment in which learning and good behaviour can flourish.”

Ofsted