Information for Parents and Carers
Welcome to the Pastoral Support Page
There is a huge variety of pastoral support for both our pupils and parents at Carr.
We have a highly skilled and experienced pastoral team: Miss Munday, our PSHCE Leader; Mrs Hunton, our Global Leader; Mrs Walpole, our SENCO; Miss B, our Restorative Leader; and Mrs Darton, who is available to speak with and offer support to children and parents on anything and everything; Mrs Bradshaw, who leads our Lunch Club. Behind them are a team of ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants).
We are a Restorative school. Every day begins with a 'Morning Circle'. Children stand in a circle with their teacher, who asks them a different question each day. This ensures that the teacher has spoken personally to all children allowing them to take note of any children who may not have had the best start to their day. Teachers can act on this knowledge quickly and direct an ELSA to support the child. Our aim is to make sure our children have no barriers to their learning so that they can all succeed and achieve their best. A shorter version of this process is repeated after lunch and staff even start their meetings in the same way. All incidents of conflict are resolved using the Restorative Approach. All staff are trained to use a script of questions enabling them to find out what happened, how the actions have affected those involved and how the incident can be put right.
We have a team of ELSAs in school who provide support for children on a daily basis. They are skilled in using the Restorative Approach and will help to ensure that conflict is not a barrier to learning. They also offer a range of group support opportunities depending on the needs of our pupils. These can include bereavement, transition, anger management, exploring feelings through art and lunchtime provision.
We are a large school with large open spaces for children to enjoy at playtimes and lunchtimes. However, we recognise that this can be overwhelming for some children. Therefore we offer a range of lunchtime activities including Lunch in the Hive with Miss B, Lunch Club with Mrs Bradshaw, TTRockstars Common Room and Calm Club. We also run Supported Playtimes for a select group of pupils to access outdoor play but in a smaller space with more adult support.
Parents are very welcome to access support from our Pastoral Team. We like to see our parents regularly. Mrs Darton holds a coffee morning every Friday after our Friday Celebration Assembly. Mrs Darton also arranges a 'Bacon Butties' morning on the last Tuesday of every month 9am to 10am. This session is well planned so that important issues can be discussed with parents. More bespoke information sessions are also arranged throughout the year. Mrs Darton can be contacted via our school phone number and by selecting Option 2 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very lucky at Carr Junior School to have access to a small counselling service, CATS (Carr and Acomb Therapy Service). This runs out of Carr Children's Centre. All counsellors are currently advanced trainees in their field and receive regular supervision. Do have a look at the leaflet below. Should you feel you might benefit from this service, please see Mrs Darton in the first instance.
Children's mental health
Children's mental health is very much a concern these days. The following article has some useful tips and information for parents of girls who are keen to promote good mental health.