Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care at The Coombes

At The Coombes one of our core values is the belief that to nurture the whole child enables them to thrive and flourish in their Primary education.  It is known that emotional imbalance of any nature, can impact on a childs behaviour.  This in turn, can affect their ability to reach a full potential through learning.  It is for this reason that we have a Pastoral resource that seeks to support the social, emotional and behavioural wellbeing of each child in our care.

Our Pastoral Care worker, Gemma, is based in Yew, in the junior part of the school and is an extension of the pastoral role of the class teacher.  She responds to referrals made by class teachers who require additional support for a child.   She is available throughout the school day to engage with children in supporting them with challenging circumstances that they may be facing either at school or at home.  These can vary considerably from friendship problems to bereavement; transition in and out of school to house and school moves; being equipped with appropriate social skills to self-esteem building.

The Pastoral Care worker has close links with our SENCo in supporting vulnerable children with emotional literacy and appropriate management of emotions.  The Pastoral Care room offers a place of calm within a busy day for children who require sensory respite.

In addition to this, the work around smooth transition is of immeasurable value to the well-being of the children in our care.  For many it can mean the difference between a positive and negative experience of their Primary education.  Our Pastoral Care worker supports children through all areas of transition  when joining the school, during the school day, moving from year to year, and when leaving The Coombes.

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