Pastoral Care at Hamworthy Park Junior School



My name is Anita Brown and I’ve been the Pastoral Care Manager here at Hamworthy Park Junior School for many years now! Also Laurena Miller works alongside me providing Pastoral Support. It has been a developing role over the years to meet the changing needs of the whole school community.

We work in school every day giving time to listen and talk with any child who is experiencing a difficulty affecting them either emotionally, physically, psychologically or socially. This may be a problem occurring either at home or school and may include issues such as bereavement, family break up, conflict/friendship issues, anger management problems and bullying etc. The service is inclusive of all pupils in school as well as their parents.

Pupils can self-refer by asking to see us or by filling out a ‘Listening Ear’ form; these are available outside the Pastoral Room. Referrals can also be made by a teacher or their parent. If any parent/carer is concerned about their child, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

Pupils can talk confidentially in a private, child-friendly room. Appropriate resources are available to help pupils with their problems with follow-up work if needed, such as anger management and conflict resolution. This may include group work to help pupils improve their social skills or self esteem. We also run specific groups such as Young Carers, Bereavement, and Forces Groups to offer additional support. This also involves liaising with other agencies where appropriate.

We work very closely with the School Nurse, Family Outreach Worker, and School Attendance Worker to provide support and advice for the whole family on a wide range of issues.

Another strategy in place to help pupils is daily Peer Mediation, which is carried out with pupils who have been trained through the school. We currently have 23 trained Peer Mediators in school who help pupils at lunchtimes who are experiencing friendship difficulties. Also, Year 6 Playground Buddies help the Year 3 and 4 children play cooperatively on the playground, and also help children who feel alone or have difficulties working in groups.

Together, the whole school community aims to provide a safe and happy working environment for all pupils so that they can achieve their best and have a positive contribution to school and community life.