Pastoral Support

What is Pastoral Support?

Pastoral Support is a service that gives help and support to students as well as providing information, advice and guidance. We always work in close partnership with teachers, parents/carers and other specialist agencies.

What is our Intent?

To know our pupils and to create positive environments, where our students feel they are welcome, understood and supported. Support relationships between families, students and staff, enabling our pupils to confidently immerse themselves in our ASPIRE values, be proud of themselves and their achievements and of being an important member of our Academy team. Encourage students to have respect and responsibility for their actions, to themselves as well as to others, traits we hope they will take with them into our local community and wider society.

What are our aims?

Our aim is to identify any concerns or issues at the earliest possible opportunity and remove any barriers to learning which may be preventing our students from reaching their potential. We pride ourselves in knowing our young people well and working alongside the teaching and support staff we aim to develop positive relationships with them and their families. We respond as quickly as possible to any issues and ensure that difficulties are discussed and resolved in the best possible way. 

The Pastoral Support Team at Shire Oak Academy offers help and support in the following areas:

Behaviour support/management

Any pupil who displays poor behaviour will face our disciplinary procedure. The Acorn and Oak rooms are for pupils who display continual poor behaviour both in and out of the classroom and who do not respond to the academy’s discipline procedures. Pupils may also receive Behaviour Management Plans where their behaviour is discussed and improvement strategies and goals are set.

Emotional help

Our Success Centre team are highly trained in all areas of emotional counselling, including anger management and bereavement counselling and are adept at providing support to our students who are in need of it during difficult times. 

Academic support

Our SEND team work closely with students who can benefit from their intervention skills and expert knowledge.  Some students may require amendments to their timetable for a variety of reasons, which we will always endeavour to support.  Staff, students, parents and carers work closely together to ensure that our students are fully supported throughout their educational journey and beyond.

Restorative Approaches

Generally with issues involving disruptive behaviour, friendship and anger management.  Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and have an understanding of the effects on those around them with respect for themselves and others too.

Peer mediation

Encouraging students to peer mediate is an opportunity our Pastoral Team often utilise. This is something that our children enjoy participating in and it encourages skills for life too.  As students are encouraged to help their peers work out their problems, it also empowers them to be able to work through their own concerns independently.

Links to specialist external agencies

When needed, we will refer our pupils to outside agencies who will provide more specialist support, these include: CASH nurses (sexual health), Black Country Women’s Aid (domestic violence), Beacon (drugs and alcohol) and meetings with Social Workers. These agencies will sometimes come into school and meet with pupils in our Success Centre.

Who gives Pastoral Support?

The pastoral system is the responsibility of the Pastoral Manager who oversees all staff working in this context with our young people. The Form Tutor is always the first point of contact for parents/carers regarding any concerns or issues. 

The Pastoral Team consists of an assistant Pastoral Manager, Deputy Safeguarding lead, five Heads of year and their assistants, a first aider and a team of support workers in our Success Centre. This team has many years of combined experience working with young people and providing academic and emotional support in a variety of ways. They know the students they deal with extremely well and continuously monitor their progress in all aspects of school life.

Chris Smith

Pastoral Manager

Amy Youster

Assistant Pastoral Manager

Abbie Dukes

Assistant to the Pastoral Manager

Charlotte Davis

Head Of Year 7

K. Boardman/R.Sadlier

Assistant Head Of Years

Form Tutors

Ms Murrall

7F1

Ms Yapp

7F2

Ms Arnold

7F3

Ms Brooke

7D1

Ms Lees

7D2

Ms O'Hara

7D3

Ms Heath

7N1

Ms Birch

7N2

Ms Russell-Giles

7N3

Lorraine Blakemore

Head Of Year 8

A.Bell

Assistant Head Of Year

Form Tutors

Mr Eley

8F1

Ms Evans

8F2

Ms Redmond

8F3

Ms Wollaston

8D1

Ms Williams

8D2

Ms Day

8D3

Ms Hinton

8N1

Ms Sartori

8N2

Mr Bennett

8N3

Chloe Thompson/Dawn Howitt

Head Of Year 9

E.Adam

Assistant Head Of Year

Form Tutors

Ms Lees

9F1

Mr Bey

9F2

Ms Khalil

9F3

Ms Sanghera

9D1

Ms Newman

9D2

Mr Fenton

9D3

Ms Bouyer

9N1

Ms Thomas

9N2

Ms Faisal

9N3

Carol Waite

Head Of Year 10

L.Markham-Moore

Assistant Head Of Year

Form Tutors

Mr Martin

10F1

Ms Harris

10F2

Mr Holland

10F3

Ms Webster

10D1

Ms Cresswell

10D2

Ms Jefimik

10D3

Ms Lamond

10N1

Ms Woodward

10N2

Mr Percox

10N3

Nikki Gannon

Head Of Year 11

L.Holford

Assistant Head Of Year

Form Tutors

Ms Williams

11F1

Mr Korpal

11F2

Ms Millman

11F3

Ms Smith

11F4

Ms Davis

11D1

Ms Maphosa

11D2

Ms Cheek

11D3

Ms Sales

11N1

Ms Farrell

11N2

Mr Stone

11N3

Ms Baker

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