Mrs Hannah Brinksman-Wood
Pastoral and Mental Health Lead
Mrs Sharon Price
Pastoral Teaching Assistant
Miss Becky Sullivan
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and Pastoral Care
At Newchurch Community Primary School, our pastoral care programme supports the physical and emotional welfare of every child. It is in place to ensure the safety and happiness of every pupil and there to manage involvement and integration in school.
We strive to be an inclusive school and our pastoral care and support programme is significant to our success. We instil a strong sense of community and promote values by which we adhere to. By doing so, we provide a caring and safe environment.
The pastoral care and support available at Newchurch Community Primary School
Through our pastoral structure, as well as our programmes for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), we help support every child to make a positive contribution to society. We help pupils understand themselves and others, and show them how to develop a personal code of morals that reflect an understanding of fundamental British values.
These are underpinned by daily school assemblies and embed the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Children are able to have the following programme of support:
- Drawing and Talking Therapy
- LEGO therapy - building skills
- Sensory circuits
- Forest School provision
- Assertive Training
- Play therapy
Pupil voice is at the centre of our pastoral care. Pupils have a safe, caring environment here at Newchurch and every child’s opinion is valued. It is a place where they feel respected and listened to by all adults.
The Headteacher and SENDCO oversees pastoral provision and liaises closely with the Pastoral Teaching Assistant and class teachers.
Each child belongs to a house at Newchurch and these are linked to the four historical families of Culcheth: Risley, Holcroft, Radcliffe and Culcheth. School houses enable the children to develop friendships across a range of year groups.
Mental health and well-being at school
The mental health and well-being of our pupils is paramount to our strong pastoral care. We promote positive mental health throughout school thorough our PSHE curriculum and a number of themed weeks.
Our Well-being Lead (Mrs Brinksman-Wood) and school pastoral teaching assistant (Mrs Sharon Price) are always on hand to support children. All staff have been trained in trauma informed practices and have a true belief in the importance of pupil-staff relationships.
Our staff go to great lengths to work in partnership with parents to ensure their children are happy and fulfilled. Class teachers are available to see each day at the end of school via appointment. We value communication that is open, timely and supportive and believe that the closer we work in partnership with our parents the more progress a child will make.
What we expect from our pupils
As a school we follow six core values – the R Curriculum. These guide us and underline what is needed to become a Newchurch robin who will make a positive contribution to society. Our six core values are:
We believe that every pupil has the right to look for happiness and security at school. We are committed to the belief that our school environment should balance high personal and social standards with a friendly atmosphere and mutual tolerance for all.