Approach

Quality pastoral care focuses on the whole student (personal, social, and academic) and it engages all members of the school community as providers of pastoral care. 

At Brannel School we believe that pastoral care is not merely a complementary practice; it is policy and practices fully integrated throughout the teaching and learning and structural organisation of our school to effectively meet the personal, social (wellbeing) and academic needs of students and staff.

Pastoral care is an inclusive function, one that is inextricably linked with teaching and learning and the structural organisation of our school – promoting students’ personal and social development and fostering positive attitudes. This is done through the quality of teaching and learning; through the nature of relationships amongst students, teachers and adults other than teachers; through arrangements for monitoring students’ overall progress (academic, personal and social); through specific pastoral and support systems; and through extra-curricular activities and the school’s ethos.

Role of the Pastoral Team

We understand that every child is different and that, for some children, school is not always an easy experience and growing up can be difficult. Children occasionally face social and emotional challenges which can impact on their learning.

Our Pastoral Team, managed by Mr Richards, Assistant Headteacher, are available to all of our students who need them. Some of the ways the Pastoral Team can support students are:

  • 1-1 mentoring
  • Attendance support
  • Strategies and advice to manage behaviour 
  • Social and emotional support
  • Referrals to our School Counsellor
  • Emotional first aid/mental health support
  • Understanding around self-harm and suicide
  • Support with relationships/friendships
  • Referrals to outside agencies and specialist provision
  • Support during difficult times for the family

If there is anything that you feel your child may be struggling with, either in school or as a result of something at home, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Pastoral Team on 01726 822485 to discuss it further and see how they can support you.

Mr Neil Richards – Designated Safeguarding Lead – nrichards@brannel.com

Mrs Caroline Hunt – Student Welfare Officer – chunt@brannel.com

Ms Liz Dando – Pastoral Officer – ldando@brannel.com

Mrs Jordan Nash – Pastoral Officer – jnash@brannel.com

Mrs Abi Hearn – School Counsellor –ahearn@brannel.com