Pastoral Support


At St. Mary’s we offer a wide range of pastoral support for our pupils and their families.

Specially Trained Teaching Assistants

We have specially trained teaching assistants who work with small groups of pupils in our Nurture Room and other ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) teaching assistants who work 1:1 or with small groups of children. Both interventions support pupils with particular emotional needs enabling them to more fully access the curriculum.

Two of our teaching assistants work on the playground and field at lunchtime to help children play, resolve conflict and be ready to learn when they return to the classroom. The school is committed to the principles of OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) which makes playtime better for every child.

Key Workers

Children sometimes find coming into school challenging for all sorts of reasons. Where this is the case, children are supported by a member of the pastoral support team who acts as their key person – offering support at different points during the day.

Activity Days

Through the pupil premium funding we pay for some of our children to attend the activity days which are run, on the school grounds, by Atlas Camps.

Medical Needs

Children with medical needs are supported through protocols or care plans to ensure their needs are met.

Multi-Agency Meetings & Other Professionals

Some of our families are supported through multi-agency meetings, referrals to other professionals for support and ‘team around the family’ meetings. Local agencies and professionals hold meetings for parents in school to support and advise parents on issues such as children’s mental health, healthy eating and hygiene.

Charity Support

We liaise with local charities including the Lions Club and Rotary Club who support the school by helping to fund and organise some of the school trips, funding the purchase of Lego and funding Christmas hampers for some of our families.

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