At Witham St Hughs Academy, our whole school community take an active role in the pastoral care of our children; it is very important to us and we ensure that we provide a high level of duty of care, welfare and safety for all children.
The support involves working with children experiencing barriers to learning which could be related to social, emotional, health or personal reasons. We deal sensitively and effectively with our children’s needs and concerns.
All our staff contribute towards ensuring our pupils have the opportunity to achieve by helping to remove any obstacles that barrier successful learning. We work together as a team to equip our pupils with the confidence and skills to be effective learners and positive members of the community. Building strong relationships with both parents and outside agencies, ensures that we are able to support the mentoring of our children.
Our aim is to:
• Provide an environment which will support the emotional health and well-being of all the pupils.
• Support targeted children in developing social, emotional and behavioural skills within the school setting.
• Support and empower families who may be experiencing difficulties.
Witham St Hughs Academy has a climate of trust, respect and confidence, and our pupils can seek support from teachers, support staff and each other whenever the need may arise.
In addition to this, children are able to access pastoral support at any time throughout the day via Ms Ford. If Ms Ford is not available, then children are able to post a note in the “Concerns Postbox” and following this, Ms Ford will make contact with the child and deal with the concern as appropriate.
If the need arises, and with the consent of parents, children can be signposted to the support of relevant outside agencies.
Pastoral care at Witham St Hughs Academy does not stop when the children leave for secondary school. We welcome any previous children back if they feel that we would be able to offer support in any way.
At Witham St Hughs Academy we run a Young Carers Support Group. The group meets every Thursday between 3:30pm and 4:15pm and is open to both past and present pupils of the academy.
If parents or guardians have a worry or concern about their child’s learning, emotional well-being or social interaction, they should contact a member of staff to discuss these further (this would normally be the child’s class teacher in the first instance). Where there is a need, that cannot be accessed within or by school, advice and sign posting can be given to agencies and services, who will be able to provide support.
We ask that parents support school by communicating any difficulties that their child/ren may be experiencing.
Please feel welcome to drop into school or make contact via the school office on 01522 869590.
Parent Support Group
We also have a Parent Support Group for parents of children with Autism or who have Autistic tendencies. This is held in the Children’s Centre on the first Thursday of every month during term time between 2:30pm and 3:30pm.
Other organisations that might be helpful:
www.childline.org.uk Childline: 0800 1111
www.themix.org.uk Free and confidential help for under 25s by phone, email, SMS or webchat.
www.singleparents.org.uk An information site for anyone who is raising children on their own.
www.nspcc.org.uk Tel: 01522 545225
www.youngcarer.com Supporting young carers and their families.
Babble Carers Trust Offers information and support to young carers.
YoungMinds YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Samaritans Tel: 116 123 (Call anytime)
Relate Tel: 0300 1001234