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Pastoral Provision

In order to further-enhance the experiences our children have at St Gregory’s, we are continuing to strengthen the pastoral support available across the school. We firmly believe that children can only thrive academically once all other, more ‘fundamental’ needs are met. In this way, our pastoral support helps to remove barriers to learning such as: anxiety; grief; home-life; peers; mental health; self-esteem; self-harm; sexuality; growing up as a modern citizen in an area of high deprivation in an increasingly-complex society. We do this so our children can flourish across the curriculum, unhindered by things which might otherwise 'weigh them down'.

 

Currently our pastoral provision includes, amongst other things:

  • Access to an on-site School Counsellor 4 days a week (1:1 therapy sessions; Group therapy sessions; Drop-in am and pm for children/parents/carers; Drop-in over lunch for children; support at crisis situations)
  • Daily drop-in sessions twice a day with another trained mental health first aider
  • All staff trained in anxiety and trauma in continuous cycle
  • All children nominate a ‘chosen adult’ who they can go and talk to at any time
  • Restorative Solutions training for all staff
  • Worry jars in all classes
  • ‘Check-in’ displays across the school
  • Twice-weekly examen/meditation sessions
  • Mindfulness time at each registration session
  • Growth Mindset promoted in all classes and during assembly times on a continuous cycle
  • The Guide to Greatness and 7 Skills of the Stewards in place to promote positive attitudes and attributes for all children – constantly referenced through the entire curriculum our children experience
  • Signposting parents/carers to outside agencies and support when needed
  • World Mental Health Fundraising days
  • Girly box (periods)
  • CAF/TAF process for families in need of early help, liaising with outside agencies when required
  • Comprehensive HRSE provision in all classes
  • ‘Front of house’ warm, compassionate welcome by office staff and school counsellor if a child or family require a more ‘gentle’ approach at the start of a day
  • Clear Mission Statement developed and owned by all stakeholders, rooted in Gospel values and the Catholic vision of the school

 

If you feel your child may benefit from enhanced Pastoral Provision, please speak to your child's class teacher, contact the school office or arrange to speak to Linda - our wonderful School Counsellor. 

 

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