We have a dedicated team of pastoral (non-teaching) staff working in all Key Stages.  Each year group has its own dedicated Head of Year who is there to deal with day-to-day pastoral issues as and when they arise.  The Pastoral Team is led by Mr Green, Director of Pastoral Care and Safeguarding, who is also a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Each Head of Year works closely with the Form Tutors for their year group to ensure the right ethos and tone is set for all students.  Equally, they work with teaching staff and the Student Progress Leader, setting standards to ensure all students achieve the best possible rates of progression and attainment and working with students and parents to plan interventions as appropriate where a student may be struggling for whatever reason.

Finally, the Heads of Year are responsible for delivering wider pastoral care within the year group, meeting with students as required, and if additional support is needed, referring students to the School Mentor and / or the Wellbeing in Mind Team.

The Heads of Year are:

If you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing, please contact the relevant Head of Year.  If your concerns are related to the progress your child is making in a particular subject, please contact the subject teacher concerned in the first instance.

Wellbeing in Mind Team

The Wellbeing in Mind Team consists of an NHS staff team, based in school, to offer support to students experiencing common emotional wellbeing difficulties.  They provide additional care and interventions for young people experiencing difficulties including:

  • low mood
  • anxiety
  • low self esteem

The team works closely with external services so that those with more complex problems can get the right help, from the right people, more quickly.

Difficulties that young people experience can affect things like work, friendships and home life. Having the right support available when and where it’s needed can help to lessen the impact things like stress or anxiety have, both now and in the future.

The wellbeing in mind team is made up of NHS professionals including senior clinicians, higher-level therapists and education mental health practitioner trainees (EMHPs).  For more information on the work of the Wellbeing in Mind Team, you may like to watch the following video.

Referrals to the Wellbeing in Mind Team are made by Heads of Year.

In-School Therapist

For students requiring an individual rather than issue-based approach, the school employs an independent therapist, Karen Chapman, who has worked with young people and in schools for many years.  Students can be referred to Karen by either their Head of Year or the Director of Pastoral Care & Safeguarding.  Using a person-centred approach, Karen would typically work with a student for up to 6 weeks, with therapy being tailored to their specific needs.

Multi-Agency Working

As a school we always strive to ensure the best interests of your child are met, and most of the time we will be able to do that through the pastoral support we offer in school.  However, sometimes the best outcome for both you and your child will be for us to work collaboratively with other external agencies.  Organisations we work with to help us achieve this when a multi-team approach is deemed to be the most appropriate include:

  • North Yorkshire Children & Families Service
  • Compass Phoenix
  • Children’s Society
  • North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

Supporting Your Child Outside of School

There are a number of organisations who have produced resources which may help you support your child if they are struggling with particular issues.  We have listed some of those here:

  • MindEd Hub: a free educational resource offering advice on parenting and chidren’s mental health, created by parents and experts.
  • The Go-To: an NHS North Yorkshire resource on wellbeing and mental health for young people and their parents / carers.
  • ThisMayHelp: an NHS resource to help parents and carers who have concerns about their child’s (or another young person’s) mental health. It includes information, short films and additional resources on a wide range of subjects, which have been put together with the help of parents and young people themselves.
  • The Wellbeing in Mind Team have put together some resources to help parents support their child’s wellbeing.  This includes tips for all of us for looking after our general wellbeing as well as covering the main areas of concern for young people: low mood, anxiety, self-harm, self-esteem, stress and sleep.  You can access this information here.
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