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What is Pastoral Support?
Pastoral Support is a service that gives help and support to pupils as well as providing information, advice and guidance to staff, parents and carers.
What are the aims?
Our aim is to identify any concerns or issues at the earliest possible opportunity and remove any barriers to learning which may be preventing our pupils from reaching their potential. We pride ourselves in knowing our young people well and working alongside the teaching and support staff in the school. We aim to develop positive relationships with the children and their families to foster trust and respect for the duration of their time at Barrow School. We respond as quickly as possible to any issues and ensure that difficulties are discussed and resolved in the best possible way.
The Pastoral Support Team at Barrow School commonly offers help and support in the following areas:
- Emotional help
- Behaviour support
- Academic support
- Peer support
- Links to external agencies when needed
- Inclusion Lead drop in sessions
- Parent workshops on sleep, positive behaviour etc.
- SENCO surgeries for parents
Who gives Pastoral Support?
The pastoral system is the responsibility of the Assistant Headteacher who oversees all staff working in this context with our pupils. The Class Teacher is always the first point of contact for parents/carers regarding any concerns or issues. The Pastoral Team itself are all experienced professionals and have encountered of many experiences that young people may be affected by, so hopefully this will make that initial conversation easier for you. Our team has many years of combined experience working with young people and providing academic and emotional support in a variety of ways and are dedicated to find the most successful path for our pupils. The pastoral staff know the pupils in the school extremely well and continuously monitor their progress in all aspects of school life. For any pupils causing concern, referrals for support and intervention can be made by the pastoral support team, classroom teachers, parents/carers and support staff through.
How do Parents/Carers contact the Pastoral Service at Barrow Primary School?
The first point of contact should be the Class Teacher followed by Jo Woodland, Pastoral Lead. You can also contact our Inclusion Lead, Dawn Marshall. Appointments can be made via the school office in person or by calling 01284 810223