All of our pastoral care takes place under the umbrella of our Christian ethos and our path of 'Journeying Together with God'. Together, we aim to look after our children in a holistic way; supporting their social, emotional well-being, their physical health, teaching them to be the citizens of the future – surrounded by love, nurture, challenge and encouragement. We help them to uphold our values: Discover – Nurture – Respect.
At Bramley St. Peter's C of E Primary School, we have a team of people who are responsible for the pastoral care of our children. Mrs Lambert is our Well-being Lead for pupils. Part of her role includes promoting children's safety and well-being, monitoring attendance and running specific interventions such as nurture groups or social skills groups. Mrs Lambert works alongside Mrs Bell and together they are our trained Mental Health First Aiders for children.
Mrs Lambert and Mrs Bell provide 1-1 support, small group support or whole class support. They use a range of strategies including music and movement therapy, drawing and talking therapy, art and crafts, workbooks on topics such as anxiety, stress, bereavement, behaviour management, anger management, friendships, family relationships/breakdowns, trauma and self-esteem. By providing this care, we believe that children will then be able to learn and to reach their true potential.
We work with external agencies if more intensive support is needed. This is provided by Bramley Cluster and includes access to counsellors. Sometimes we may refer families and children to Mindmate, if a referral to CAMHS is needed or to our Educational Psychologist (in conjunction with our SENDCo Mrs Prouse).
We work in partnership with our PSHE Lead, Mrs Parkinson, and Mrs Lambert is part of the PSHE team. To enable children to have the best possible start to each half term, they take part in a 'Healthy: Inside and Out' day on the first day back to school where the whole day is taken over by the Mindmate curriculum and children complete activities to support and nurture their health and well-being.
Each class in school has a daily check in board which links to our Positive Regard and Zones of Regulation training and the children indicate the zone they are in. The classroom-based staff monitor the boards and will either discuss any concerns directly with children or seek out the support of Mrs Lambert or Mrs Bell. Some children have named members of staff who check in with them daily.
Children can be signposted to Mrs Lambert or Mrs Bell for support by either staff or the children's parents or carers. Sometimes children will identify themselves that they need some extra support. A short profile is completed, to ascertain the reason(s) for support and a plan is then completed which is shared with the child, class staff and parents/carers. The plan is reviewed on a regular basis and may include targets.
Children know they can access support from Mrs Lambert and Mrs Bell and are reassured that they can speak to any member of staff in school about their worries, in confidence (of course safeguarding protocol will be adhered to).